Galesburg

Rezoning Approved
3:23 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Galesburg Hotel Development Clears Hurdle

Galesburg City Hall
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Mayor Sal Garza

Galesburg aldermen voted 7-0 with one abstention to rezone land at North Seminary Street and Highway 34 to allow for construction of a hotel, some retail space, and owner-occupied duplexes. However, developer Todd Raufeisen must still clear some hurdles before construction can begin.

Mayor Sal Garza pointed out the rezoning of the land is the only thing that was approved.

“At this stage, we weren’t doing the specific review of all the facilities, the locations of them and all of that,” Garza said.

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Seminary St Hotel Development
7:47 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Galesburg Rezoning Decision Forthcoming

Galesburg City Hall
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Mayor Sal Garza

Aldermen have a couple weeks to decide whether to allow a proposed hotel development to proceed on North Seminary Street at Highway 34.

Mayor Sal Garza said there is a great deal for aldermen to consider. He said development of the four-story hotel would create jobs, generate revenue for local governments, and it could spur further economic development in that part of town.

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Hotel & Other Development
2:21 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Galesburg Meeting on Seminary St Project

Galesburg City Hall
Rich Egger

A developer wants to rezone some land on North Seminary Street in Galesburg. The plan is generating enough interest that the city has scheduled a public meeting to talk about it.

The meeting is scheduled for September 11, 5:00 pm, in the Costa Catholic Academy Auditorium. Raufeisen Development will give a presentation on its plan before the floor is opened for a question-and-answer period.

The plan is to change the land from Single Family zoning to a mix of Two Family and General Business District.

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Public Meeting on September 11
2:16 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Project Dog Park in Galesburg

Rich Egger
  • Interview with Project Dog Park's Obi Oki

There is no dog park in Galesburg -- but a group of volunteers hopes to change that.

Project Dog Park's Obi Oki said dogs love to run but there is no place for unleashed pets to do so right now.

“I just think it would be wonderful if they could get out and run and do what they do naturally in a protected area,” Oki said.

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Changes to Law Proposed
5:58 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Galesburg Mayor to Veto Marijuana Law

Galesburg City Hall
Rich Egger

The recently approved marijuana ordinance in Galesburg has gone up in smoke.

The law would have allowed police to issue a ticket to those caught possessing up to 2.5 grams of pot. Offenders could pay a fine instead of going to court.

But Mayor Sal Garza will veto the measure and is recommending changes he feels will improve it.

The mayor wants to start an education program for those under age 18 who are caught with small amounts of marijuana. He also wants to increase the fine to cover the cost of implementing the program.

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