MATTOON -- The city Planning Commission is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 13, to consider a proposed commercial subdivision that would include a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield building, a Hilton Garden Inn and adjoining convention center, and other lots for possible development.

The commission also will consider special use permit requests for Truth & Grace Fellowship Church to open in a vacant warehouse at 1304 Lake Land Blvd. and for a child care center to open in a vacant church building at 3322 Moultrie Ave.

Regarding the subdivision, property owner Agracel, Inc. of Effingham has requested approval for the plat of six lots in Coles Centre at the southwest corner of Illinois Route 16 and Lenra Road.

Agracel President Dean Bingham said Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to build a new, larger Mattoon service center on the subdivision's central 8.9 acre lot. Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced plans in May for this two-story, 50,000-square-foot building. Bingham said an application is still pending for a $1.2 million state grant for infrastructure work at this site.

Bingham said the Hilton inn and the convention center are set to be constructed on the 6.8 acre lot at the northeast corner of the subdivision. This project's real estate developers, which include Jeremy Yost of Charleston, announced plans in June for a 102-room, 4-story hotel with a restaurant, plus a 550-capacity convention center.

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The subdivision's other lots range from 2.4 to 3.8 acres. Bingham said Agracel hope to sell the 2.6 acre lot on the west side of Coles Centre Drive, along Route 16, soon.

"It's going to be a good subdivision that we will continue developing out there," Bingham said.

In other matters, Truth & Grace Fellowship Church is seeking a permit to open in property at 1304 Lake Land Boulevard that is zoned C4 general commercial. Petitioner Angela Pearson is seeking a permit to open a child care center in property at 3322 Moultrie that is zoned R3 multiple family residential.

The city staff has recommended approval of the Coles Centre subdivision plat and of both special use permits. The commission's recommendations go before the City Council for final approval. The commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud



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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