There will be no special use permit for a gun shop in Alton. Piasa Armory moved into the building at 115 Market Street around Thanksgiving of last year. That is located next to the Oasis Women’s Center, and the board of directors for the center raised concerns at a recent planning commission meeting. That commission recommended a negative vote for the permit and got it – kind of.
To override a negative vote would have required 5 votes by the city council. It got four - Aldermen Mike Velloff, Charles Brake and David Boulds as well as Mayor Brant Walker. Alderman Gary Fleming was absent. Before the vote, Oasis board member Michael Meehan reiterated the section of the special use rules that requires compatibility with neighboring businesses and / or residents.
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Piasa Armory owner Scott Pulaski says he will work within the parameters of what would better qualify his business as a sporting goods store, which would require no special use permit.
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Pulaski says they are still looking for a larger facility that could house a firing range, and do not plan on making the Market Street location the business’ permanent location.