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Dunkin' site request OK'd by Mattoon plan commission

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MATTOON — The city Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended that the city council approve a request to subdivide space in front of the Cross County Mall for the development of a Dunkin's doughnut and coffee shop

"They are on a very tight timeline. They want to be open before the end of the year," Code Enforcement Official Matt Frederick said.

A franchiser plans to construct one of these shops on a now vacant lot in front of the mall where a Taco Bell had been located. The developer has requested that the overall mall property's plot be modified so that the Dunkin' can be built there. Mattoon-based Rural King owns the mall property.

The commission also recommended approving the Mattoon school district's permit request for developing a career training center in the former Consolidated Communications' building downtown.

Frederick said both recommendations will be forwarded on for final consideration at the Mattoon City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

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Regarding the former Consolidated site, the school board voted April 13 to purchase this six-story building at 121 S. 17th St. for use as a Regional Innovation Center that would provide career training for area high school students.

The district is now seeking a permit to operate a special use, categorized as a vocational and trade school, in this service commercial district-zoned property.

In other matters, Frederick said the commission began talks with Truth & Grace Fellowship about using their existing special use permit to allow for parking at its church in a remodeled warehouse at 1304 Lake Land Boulevard and at an adjacent property it recently purchased.


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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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