Cambridge Main Street effort ends Friday, Spartan Discount Grocery store closing


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Originally Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2013, 10:17 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 28, 2013, 10:18 pm
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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com

CAMBRIDGE -- Trustees on Monday night learned the Cambridge Main Street is no more.

A letter from Main Street Board President John Roehrs stated that, with no additional volunteers, it seemed "impractical" for the board to consider maintaining the group's programs. By unanimous vote, the group has decided to dissolve Friday.

Retiring director Deb VanDeWoestyne said the dissolution seemed "inevitable," considering the dwindling committee members.

Mayor Jim Crouch called for applause for Main Street volunteers andsaid the village will try to find ways to continue Main Street events that brought thousands to town. Trustee Al Hamilton suggested the village might get people interested in the group and relaunch it.

After the meeting, Mayor Crouch also disclosedthat Spartan's DiscountGrocery is going out of business.

"We're still working very hard on trying to get some people to do agrocery store," he said.

Mayor Crouch said it likely would cost $1.7 million to demolish the oldJack and Jill store and build a new store. He added a Monday meeting with someinterested parties got canceled at the lastminute.

On 4-0 votes, trustees took several steps on Monday to advance its second tax increment financing district, a 27.5-acre area on the east side of town, south of Illinois 81.Three firms -- Michlig Grain, B & B Metals and Beam Bros. LLC -- plan to be in the new TIF district.

In a TIF district, assessed valuation is frozen in terms of property taxes generated for taxing bodies other than the municipalities. Tax revenue created by new development goes into a TIF fund to be used for infrastructure improvements or rebates to developers.

Trustees approved a redevelopment plan and projects with a legal description for the area. TIF consultant SteveKline said it appeared there was a small discrepancy between the village engineer's map and the county's GIS map, but it would be resolved after Monday's vote.

Trustees alsoapproved an intergovernmental agreement giving the Cambridge School District up to 25 percent of the tax increment created by the new TIF district. A similar agreement was made for the first district.


















 




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