MATTOON -- Plans for the proposed Hilton Garden Inn and adjacent convention center at the southwest corner of Illinois Route 16 and Lerna Road are on the agendas for two public meetings this week.

The Hilton project's developers will present their petition for a special use permit and a variance during the Mattoon Planning Commission's meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in City Hall, 208 N. 19th., and during the (Route 16) Corridor Review Committee meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Coles Together office, 400 Airport Road.

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Engineer Steven Baumann, who is working for the developers, wrote in the petition that they are seeking to specify that a "hotel and a convention center" are permitted land uses within the Corridor Development District, where their proposed site is located on 6.8 acres at 100 Coles Centre Parkway.

Baumann said the developers are also seeking a variance to the Corridor Development District height requirements. He said this variance would reduce the lot line setback distance from 200 to 180 feet, in an area where a building could have a maximum height of 35 feet under the requirements. He said the Hilton Garden Inn will be approximately 56 feet tall.

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"The unique shape of the lot combined with the street access from Coles Centre Parkway limit the ability to move the building farther away from the (Corridor Development District) boundary," Baumann said.

Thursday morning, the Corridor Review Committee also will consider proposed plats for the hotel and the convention center; a proposed HSHS medical center, 101 Coles Centre Drive; and a proposed new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Mattoon service center, 201 Coles Centre Drive.

All three proposed developments are located within the Coles Centre property at the southwest corner of Route 16 and Lerna Drive, property owned by Agracel, Inc. of Effingham.

The Planning Commission's recommendations will go before the Mattoon City Council for final approval. The Corridor Review Committee's recommendations will go before the Mattoon council and the Charleston City Council for final approval.

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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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