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City planning board approves annexations, tables zoning change

Annexation of the Andersen Subdivision was recommended for approval Monday night.
Annexation of the Andersen Subdivision was recommended for approval Monday night.
Two residential annexations into the city limits gained unanimous recommendations for approval by the Albion Planning Commission Monday night, Nov. 7.
However, the planning board spent most of its time hearing testimony on a request to rezone two lots at the corner of Fifth and State Streets. Half Moon Investments, LLC, owned by Jeff and Lindsey Jarecki, has requested the zoning change in order to build a law office on the south side of State Street, and across Fifth Street west of the Zion Lutheran Church.
City Hall was packed, with more than 35 people attending the hearing on changing the two lots from R-2 residential to C-2 downtown commercial zone to allow construction of the law office and parking lot.
That proposal was tabled after about an hour of testimony from 19 people, along with submission of letters from members of two local churches and two notarized petitions in opposition.
The largest of the two annexations approved Monday night was Andersen Subdivision, the property owned by Dana and Karen Andersen, and by Jerry Niewohner, located south of South Street and east of the city water tower.
Size of this tract is approximately 1,850 feet north and south, and 500 feet east and west.
The smaller annexation includes property on South Third Street known as Lot 1, Pochop Subdivision, and two adjacent tracts owned by Doug and Pam Young and Vance and Sandra Sorrell to become the South Fuller Addition.
A new home is being built by Mr. and Mrs. Brett Nelson on the former Pochop property.
Details in the Nov. 9 Albion News Print & E-Editions.