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City demolishes former Ridgely village hall after legal battle – Building permit roundup

By Patrick Yeagle Ponics Project owner Jeremy Mann, shown here at his building in 2016, had hoped to establish a hydroponic garden and community center at 1901 Elizabeth St. Photo by Patrick Yeagle. The City of Springfield this week began demolishing a north-end building constructed in 1885. A demolition permit was issued this [...]

Downtown TIF to pay for city hall roof repair

By Patrick Yeagle The Springfield City Council on Tuesday approved the use of $757,800 from the city's downtown TIF to pay for repair of the roof at Springfield's Municipal Center East. The TIF request was one of three forwarded to the city council by the Springfield Economic Development Commission (EDC) on Tuesday. At a special [...]

By |July 12th, 2017|Categories: Government, News|0 Comments

First high-volume fracking application filed in Illinois

By Patrick Yeagle It's been four years since Illinois adopted regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but it was only last month that the first application was filed with state regulators to actually use the controversial oil and gas extraction process. The company seeking the permit says its first well would be for research, part of [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments

City council approves zoning variances for three proposed restaurants – Zoning roundup

The Springfield City Council approved zoning variances for three proposed restaurants on Tuesday. City ordinance limits the locations of establishments selling alcohol. It's common for restaurants, bars and similar establishments to seek zoning variances allowing them to open in areas otherwise prohibited. At the city council meeting on Tuesday, aldermen approved variances for restaurants at: [...]

Change to oversight of apartments, storage units fails at city council

The Springfield City Council on Tuesday voted down a proposal to give them oversight of certain new apartment and storage unit developments. The proposal comes about a month after the council approved raising the threshold to trigger oversight of large scale developments. Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder had proposed a change to the city's large scale [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments

Building permit roundup – June 15-21, 2017

The following building, electrical or other permits were recently approved for projects in Springfield by the City of Springfield Building and Zoning Office: -Silverleaf Children's Academy, 2715 S. Fourth St., obtained a permit for a 3,800-square-foot remodel. The contractor is Joyner Construction, and the project valuation is $80,000. -Glen Garrison obtained a permit obtained a permit [...]