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Redpath proposes new TIF to enable subdivision development

Ward 1 Ald. Chuck Redpath is proposing the creation of a new TIF district near Rochester to enable a subdivision development. The Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole voted on Tuesday to forward the proposed ordinance to the full city council for a vote. According to a proposed ordinance under consideration by the city [...]

Binny’s seeks zoning variance for 100-foot rule – Zoning roundup

Liquor retailer Binny's Beverage Depot is opening a store in Springfield soon, but first it must obtain a variance from a Springfield zoning rule which prevents package liquor stores from locating in certain areas. The store would be located at 2490 Wabash Ave., in the 20,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Staples office supply store. It's [...]

La Fiesta to reopen in June

La Fiesta Mexican restaurant, 2830 Adlai Stevenson Dr., may reopen in June with a new owner and a new look. Omar Hernandez, who also owns Omar's Latin Fusion Cuisine, purchased La Fiesta and temporarily closed it earlier this year. While the restaurant was closed, Hernandez renovated the building and revamped the menu to include more fresh [...]

Panda Express planned for North Dirksen – Building permit roundup

A new Panda Express Chinese Kitchen is planned for North Dirksen Parkway, according to a building permit issued by the City of Springfield on May 5. The restaurant will be new construction, following the demolition of the closed Royal Buffet at 2730 N. Dirksen Parkway. The contractors on the project are Prather Plumbing and Heating [...]

Trane to establish offices in central Illinois

HVAC system manufacturer Trane is establishing offices in Springfield and other central Illinois cities. Mike Rolfes, Trane's district leader for Springfield, says the move represents a change from independent agents to company-owned offices and parts centers. Trane, one of a handful of brands owned by parent company Ingersoll Rand, has long offered service in Springfield [...]

Bachrach closing store at White Oaks Mall after filing for bankruptcy.

Men's clothing retailer Bachrach is closing its location at White Oaks Mall in Springfield. The closure comes as the company seeks bankruptcy restructuring. Bradley Lipman, director of planning and allocation at Bachrach, says the Springfield location employs five to 10 people and will likely be closed in about three months. Lipman said about 13 Bachrach [...]

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