Planning board gives nod to street vacation request

Albion Planning Commission on Monday night recommended approval for the permanent closure of Fuller Street from Seventh to Eighth Street, making way for the Boone County Health Center building project.
The health center has plans to add a 44,000 square foot addition to the south of the present BCHC Clinic, and this would be connected to the existing hospital. Tanya Sharp, hospital president and CEO, and Geoff McGill, maintenance director, presented the plans that are in place so far.
A final plan has not yet been set, but the addition would include offices for primary care physicians, specialist physicians area, a surgery/prep/recovery area, a behavioral health room, tele-medicine room and lobby.
The facility would cover most of the area now used as the health center’s south parking lot, so new parking would be developed in the area where the old city swimming pool was located.
Much of the discussion Monday night was about the location of utilities and rerouting of the storm water drainage that currently flows on Fuller and Seventh Streets.
The street vacation proposal will be heard by the Albion City Council at its Oct. 9 regular meeting.
In other parts of the 45-minute meeting, the planning board discussed the overall storm water drainage plan for the south part of the city, and reviewed the building permits report.