|10/22/2013 2:34:00 AM|
La Salle mayor buys, seeks to open former St. Roch's School for rent
The La Salle City Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to approve Mayor Jeff Grove’s request to re-zone the old St. Roch’s School building for commercial purposes.
Grove purchased the building last week from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, according to the Very Rev. Antonio Dittmer, the pastor of La Salle Parishes.
The city’s planning commission on Monday unanimously approved the re-zoning request after Grove said he wanted to do some renovation work and rent it as office space.
The building has “sentimental value to my family,” Grove said, explaining that some of his family members had been students there. He also said the purchase was his own and not the city’s.
The old St. Roch’s building had been used as a junior high for Trinity Catholic Academy until the school moved its seventh- and eighth-graders to the elementary school building in 2007, according to a NewsTribune report. The building has been unused since then.
Principal Dan Schmitt of Trinity Catholic Academy expressed support for the sale.
“It just doesn’t make sense to hang on to an empty building,” Schmitt said.
Also today, the council will:
- hear requests from Ameren Illinois,
- have discussion and potential action regarding the premises at 610 Bucklin St.,
- have discussion and potential action regarding the Fraternal Order of Police contract,
- have discussion and potential action authorizing and setting compensation for certain non-union city employees.
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