Residents near the 1800 block of State Street in Alton may have a neighborhood restaurant within walking distance by next summer.  The Alton City Council has approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that lists special uses in an R-2 zoning district.  The council voted nearly unanimously to oppose the Plan Commission recommendation against allowing the change.

Alderman Mike Velloff abstained from the vote.  The building has been the headquarters of Velloff’s Power Equipment since about 1970.  Before that, it was a grocery store dating back to 1916.  Steve Gehrs tells The Big Z he and his wife Dee plan to offer items like pizza, pasta, sandwiches and desserts.

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They hope to begin renovations after the first of the year, assuming the Plan Commission gives them the appropriate permits when it meets next month.  The council also approved resolutions to pursue legal action against several properties that could eventually lead to demolition.  Those properties are at 600 and 614 Sheppard Street, 615 E. Fifth Street, 2142 Seminary Street and 811 Chouteau Street.  The council has also approved a resolution to begin the demolition of 1218 Spaulding Street and 3446 Meridocia Street.


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