RI denies request to close alley


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Posted Online: Jan. 07, 2013, 11:19 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
The Rock Island City Council has denied a request from three residents to close a public alley between 22nd and 23rd streets.

The alley connects the two streets between 7th and 9th avenues close to Broadway Presbyterian Church, and the property owners adjacent to it complained that it is being used by speeding motorists and attracting anti-social elements.

However, at Monday's city council meeting, other residents said they regularly use the alley and oppose the request that it be vacated by the city.

The council voted 4-2 to deny the request to close the alley. Alds. Terry Brooks, 1st Ward, and David Conroy, 2nd Ward, provided the votes in favor of closing the alley. Ald. Chuck Austin, 7th Ward, was not present.

City officials had recommended the request to close the alley be denied because it would eliminate a public access point.

In other business Monday, the council denied a request from Wendy Frieden for a special-use permit to run a propertymanagement business out of her residence at 3320 14thSt. Court until she finds a permanent office elsewhere. The area is zoned for residential use.

Four neighbors complained that Ms. Frieden's business had brought too much traffic to the residential area. Some of the neighbors previously had complained to the city that Ms. Frieden was running a business out of her home.

The property is located inAld. Paul Foley's 3rd Ward. He said that, while he is pro-business, he could not support the permit after hearing the complaints from neighbors.

















 



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