4 minutes ago by Scott Hardy

Stores would be at 30th and Broadway

Quincy City Council will hear proposals next week to help fund three new retail stores and to study the city’s housing and hotel needs. Scott Hardy has more.

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The city’s finance committee voted late Monday to send the council a request from developer Tom Marx. He wants to use up to $200,000 in sales taxes collected by the Mid-Town business district to help build up to three new stores on the northeast corner of 30th and Broadway. Director of Planning and Development Chuck Bevelheimer says the finance committee liked the proposal.

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The Committee also approved sending to Council a request to carry out feasibility studies on the specific types of residential accommodation needed in the city and the number of additional hotel rooms the city needs. If approved, the studies would cost just under $38,000, with the housing study completed in six months. Council also received an update from City Engineer Jeff Conte on complaints about the smell of the city’s tap water. Conte says the water is drinkable.

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Conte says it’s likely the smell is due to algae growth, caused by the low flow levels of the Mississippi. The water is being treated to remove the smell, and it should disappear within the next few days. The city council also approved a request for a $960,000 grant application from the Illinois Transportation Improvement Program Grant. The money would be used to build bike lanes on 18th Street North on QU’s North Campus at Koch’s Lane, and to build sidewalks on the west side of 18th Street North that would connect to the Bill Klingner Trail.