MATTOON -- The City Council is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 20 to consider special use permits for a child care center to move into a former church building and for a church's meeting rooms and offices to move into a former warehouse.

The council also will consider proposed plats for the development of Coles Centre at the southwest corner of Illinois Route 16 and Lerna Road, including a planned HSHS Medical clinic.

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Learning Zone Early Development Center owner Angela Pearson is seeking a permit to move her child care business into the former Jehovah's Witnesses church building at 3322 Moultrie Ave., zoned R3 multiple family residential.

Pearson, whose center is currently located in the former D&W Restaurant site at 61 DeWitt Ave., said she was drawn to the former church by its location on the west side of town, where her business started, and by its structure.

"It's a beautiful building, absolutely beautiful," Pearson said of this brick structure. She said a more than 1,000-square-foot addition will be built on the back of this building as part of her new location, which will open this fall.

Truth & Grace Fellowship Church is seeking a permit to open in a former warehouse at 1304 Lake Land Boulevard, zoned C4 general commercial.

Pastor Jeremy Morton said their new church will continue holding services at 10 a.m. every Sunday in the Mattoon Area YMCA, but they wanted a space where they can offer activities during the rest of the week. He said the warehouse will provide space starting this fall for small group meetings and special events, plus the church's offices.

Regarding Coles Centre, property owner Agracel, Inc. of Effingham is seeking approval for the preliminary plat of this development's second phase. Agracel is also seeking approval for the final plats of lots there to complete real estate transactions for development of a Hilton Garden Inn and a HSHS Medical clinic.

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The Hilton project's developers announced plans in June for a 102-room, 4-story hotel with a restaurant, plus an adjacent 550-capacity convention center. HSHS Medical Group spokesman Craig Brace said he cannot share additional information yet on the planned clinic, but they plan to release more details soon.

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Other actions that the council will consider taking during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 208 N. 19th St., include:

-- Accepting the $22,700 price quote from Green Water Solutions for algae control units for Lake Paradise.

-- Accepting the $21,200 price quote from R&R Services of Illinois for grinding landscape debris at the yard waste facility.

-- Reclassifying a part time position, held by Kim Janssen, in the tourism office as a part time festival coordinator post. Janssen has assisted with Bagelfest, Lightworks and other events for several years. This position will continue to be funded by hotel/motel tax revenue.

-- Allocating a $7,000 hotel/motel tax fund grant to the YMCA to help with the Oct. 6 Last Chance Triathlon, the Oct. 26 Ghouls in the Pool Swim Meet, and the Nov. 9 Girls on the Run 5K.

The full agenda for the meeting is posted at http://mattoon.illinois.gov/government/citycouncil/upcomingmeetings.

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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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