The Effingham Plan Commission showed favor for a rezoning of four lots for the future site of a Teutopolis State Bank Branch at their meeting on Tuesday.
Hank Koester, President of Teutopolis State Bank, petitioned to the Plan Commission for the rezoning of these four lots, which are 900, 902, and 904 West Jefferson Avenue and 107 North Cherry Street. Currently, the lots are zoned as B-1, Neighborhood Shopping District, and R-2, Single Family Residence. The proposed rezoning would make these lots a B-2, General Commercial District. Koster informed the Commission that the lots, which are located in a residential area across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church, are planned to be turned into a branch of the Teutopolis State Bank. The Cherry Street lot is being planned to become an employee parking lot. The Commission believes this to be a good use for the lots and made a motion to submit the rezoning request to City Council.
Additionally, the Commission received the site plans for the incoming Panera Bread Bakery & Cafe. The 4,000 square foot, 19.5 feet tall building will be located off of Keller Avenue, next to Chipotle. The address of the restaurant will be 1601 Damron Court. The restaurant will include a drive thru, a pass-through lane, and 69 parking spaces. Of these spaces, 3 will be handicapped spaces. Developers are hoping to have construction started as soon as possible.
Additional items that the Commission covered are:
- Keith Hartman petitioned the Commission for a rezoning of his lots in the Parkridge Subdivision from a Non-Urban to a R-3B, Two-Family Dubplex. The Commission supported this rezoning. This would include an extension of Veterans Drive.
- Matt Hortonstein spoke on behalf of a petition from Thomas Grunloh for the rezoning of lots in the Mini Hill Subdivision from Non-Urban to a Single Family Residence. The Commission supported this rezoning as well.