Council takes step toward expanding business district

City Council took a step closer Thursday to allowing the expansion of the central business district west and north of parts of Hepburn Street.

It voted Thursday to accept a zoning map amendment elongating it from Hepburn Street along West Third and Second streets, west to Center Street.

The decision will help a builder, Herman Logue, to restart construction on a restaurant at West Third and Hepburn streets, but it also helps others like him seeking to bring in development because of the relaxed parking regulations.

The central business district does not have parking requirements and until the zoning was changed he could not provide enough parking, according to Gary Knarr, city zoning administrator.

In another action, council expected the city to save $114,000 in insurance costs compared to last year. The administration has switched brokers and the insurance provider will give similar coverage, according to Councilman Randall J. Allison.

In other action council approved a $2 million loan at 2.5 up to 6.5 percent in tax and revenue anticipation. Taxes generally start to arrive in late March and early April for those seeking tax discounts.

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