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History museum rezoning, indoor storage facility plans on Sycamore council agenda

Sue Breese (left), DeKalb County historian and Joiner History Room director, and Michelle Donahoe, DeKalb County History Center executive director, talk outside a barn Wednesday in Sycamore.The barn will be torn down to make room for a new facility ton house the partnership between the Sycamore History Museum and the Joiner History Room that created the DeKalb County History Center.
Sue Breese (left), DeKalb County historian and Joiner History Room director, and Michelle Donahoe, DeKalb County History Center executive director, talk outside a barn Wednesday in Sycamore.The barn will be torn down to make room for a new facility ton house the partnership between the Sycamore History Museum and the Joiner History Room that created the DeKalb County History Center.

SYCAMORE – A rezoning request that would allow the DeKalb County History Center to place a new building on the Engh Farm, 1730 N. Main St., will be on the agenda for Monday’s Sycamore City Council meeting.

Officials with the history center, formerly the Sycamore History Museum before it partnered with the Joiner History Room, hopes the new building will bring together a variety of county history resources. The house on the Engh Farm property would continue to house and display Sycamore history.

The Plan Commission recommended the request be approved during its Monday meeting by a vote of 10-0-1.

The property is owned by the city of Sycamore and the museum has a 30-year lease agreement with an option for another 30-year term, which was approved in April.

Also on the council’s agenda will be a proposal to set definitions for indoor self-service storage facilities in the city’s Unified Development Ordinance.

By doing so, Doug Olson of Franklin Investments would hope to move forward with redeveloping the 35,000-square-foot former Brown’s County Market building by turning it into a climate-controlled indoor self-storage site. A similar proposal from developer Jim Mason to allow him to modify two of his vacant properties into storage facilities was approved by the DeKalb City Council during its Monday meeting.

The project, which carries an initial investment of about $1.9 million, would maintain the Family Dollar portion of the property while utilizing the southwest corner for a coffee shop-type retailer, using the central area of the building for the storage facility and adding a store to support the storage operation.

The City Council meeting will meet at
7 p.m. in the Sycamore City Center at 308 W. State St.

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