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Neighbors respond to proposed assisted care facility

Neighbors to a proposed assisted living facility in Streator had their chance to share their concerns Tuesday night.

Devin Birch, consulting engineer of Austin Engineering Company, was on hand to speak with Streator residents as well as the Streator Plan Commission regarding its recommendation that the zone be transferred from agriculture zoning to a general commercial zoning district when annexed into the city. The recommendation later was approved unanimously.

Susan Adler lives west of the property and had questions about increased traffic and property values.

“We bought our home with a nice rural view, and to now have it zoned commercial is changing the whole look of the neighborhood,” Adler said.

City engineer Jeremy Palm said he was uncertain but assumed property values nearby would remain steady or raise a little, which in turn would slightly raise taxes.

Birch assured neighbors increased traffic at such facilities usually is slim and not to the point where signals or turning lanes need to be added.

He also confirmed with Palm the city has buffer requirements wherein a 20-foot buffer between residential and commercial lots are required. A line of trees may be added between residential and commercial zones.

Barbara Berta asked about a retention pond because she has faced flooding issues in the past.

Birch and members of the plan commission said the development of a retention pond in the area may help with problems like that in the future.

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