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Sycamore council to decide on old Marathon station zoning

Discussion also will be held on tax levy

The Outpost has been vacant since the Marathon gas station moved a block and a half up East State Street in August. Now the owner, Carls Oil, wants to rezone the site to Central Business District zoning, which would open the the range of business types that can go there.
The Outpost has been vacant since the Marathon gas station moved a block and a half up East State Street in August. Now the owner, Carls Oil, wants to rezone the site to Central Business District zoning, which would open the the range of business types that can go there.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council will vote Monday on whether to make official a plan commission recommendation to rezone the old Marathon gas station on State Street.

At its Nov. 13 meeting, the Sycamore Plan Commission recommended changing the zoning for the station at 503 E. State St. from neighborhood business to central business district zoning.

The central business zoning designation will allow for a larger variety of retail businesses in the space, said Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory at the plan commission meeting.

The station has been vacant since the business moved down the street to a new location at 439 E. State St. Carls Oil President Randy Carls said the inside of the building has been gutted and that he has been working with brokers and expects the property to be available for lease in a couple of weeks.

The City Council also will consider the annual property tax levy for the city of Sycamore. The city tax levy counts for
7.1 percent of a Sycamore resident’s total tax bill. The council will have five options to consider, but city staff members recommend options that either maintain the levy and applies a rate to new construction, or increases the levy by 2.1 percent.

The council also will look at making the west side of Ellen Street no parking to allow easier passage for emergency vehicles.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers of the Sycamore Center at 308 W. State St.

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