ANDERSON – After no objections from surrounding property owners, the former Elks Lodge at 1803 Broadway has been rezoned for a planned banquet hall and catering service.
The Anderson Plan Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to rezone the building from residential to industrial use.
Dave Wilbur, senior zoning administrator, said the residential zoning permitted the Elks, a fraternal organization, to operate there for more than 50 years, but not a private business.
The parking lot is already zoned for industrial use, Wilbur said.
James Sargent said he and Nettie Cox want to have a banquet and catering service, to be named Reflections, at the site. Sargent said their purchase offer was contingent on the rezoning and financing.
“We want to keep a business in North Anderson,” Sargent said.
When asked if the Plan Commission could approve a rezoning at the request of someone who doesn’t own the property, Wilbur said the current owners have signed the rezoning petition.
After some remodeling, Sargent said, the intent is to open Reflections at the end of July or early August and cater wedding receptions, office parties, birthday parties and class reunions.
The Elks Lodge 209 moved to the Broadway location in 1962 and closed earlier this year because of a decline in membership.
In other business, the Plan Commission approved a requested replat of four lots sought by CSN LLC in the Scatterfield Centre, 4300 block of South Scatterfield Road, in the shopping center where the Wal-Mart was located.
Steve Servies of Servies Engineering and Surveying said CSN is refinancing Southtown Plaza. He said the lender wanted the vacant properties placed in separate lots since they were not included in the refinancing.
Servies said one of the lots is where the sign is located, a second is a grass strip along St. Charles Street and the third is a vacant field behind the MainSource Bank branch.
He said only the lot behind the bank branch could be developed at the current time.
The replat will go to the Anderson Board of Public Works for final approval.
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