Council approves liquor license request

ROCHELLE — Business development in the Rochelle area continues following the creation of an additional liquor license and the rezoning approval of two properties during Monday evening’s City Council meeting.
Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub submitted an application for a Class R-3 liquor license for the property located at 1233 Caron Road, which will allow for consumption on the premises.
Prior to Monday’s meeting, Liquor Commissioner Chet Olson reviewed the application with no objection. Council approved the motion unanimously.
Rosati’s will plan to have outdoor seating as well as a room for meetings, with the opening slated over the summer.
Teresa Petry, owner of the property located at 501 W. Sixth Avenue, plans to open an art studio and retail store in a portion of the building. Council approved the rezoning to a B-1 Commercial Central Business to allow for expansion. Petry plans to install an entrance off Lincoln Highway as well as ADA-compliant restrooms and an accessibility ramp. She also intends to hold outdoor events.
Council also approved the rezoning of a 48-acre parcel located at 300 Steward Road to B-2 Commercial Highway. The property, owned by Hub City Development, LLC, is adjacent to the Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores property near IL Route 251 and Steward Road.
Rochelle Building Inspector Kip Countryman explained the zoning change would allow more marketing opportunities for the property. Councilman John Bearrows said he did not see any opposition to the application during the planning and zoning meeting a week ago.
“[Hub City Development] has done a good job at making this marketable for the betterment of our community,” Bearrows said. “It’s going to do nothing but bring in more business and sales tax dollars, and be a good asset to our community.”
Both rezoning applications had been presented before the planning and zoning commission, which unanimously recommended the approval.
Other business
Council approved an ordinance amending sections that pertain to street performances in an effort to create energy and activity in the downtown area. All street performers will be required to pay an annual $10 fee and obtain a permit.
The performers will have designated areas including the gazebo on Main Street, the front lawn of the RMU building, the corners of Fourth and Fifth at Lincoln Highway, and Page Park located in Downtown Rochelle.
An intergovernmental agreement between the State of Illinois, Department of Transportation and the City of Rochelle has also been approved, to the tune of $2.58 million.
Council was presented with a notice of the Freight Rail grant award for the $2.58 million at the March 26 meeting. Including the Bureau of Railroads award, the city has secured nearly $6 million in grants, or 85 percent, to offset the costs of Project Co-Op.

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