UCC urges builders to plan better

Patrick Traylor

Patrick Traylor

By Jonathan Jacobson

Urbana City Council members expressed some disapproval with developers erecting buildings and signs throughout the city at Monday night’s meeting.

Resolutions were put before the council requesting approval of a larger sign outside of the Five Points Plaza shopping center and approval for the Cobble Creek subdivision. Members’ issues with those resolutions were not enough to stop any of them from continuing their journey through the bureaucratic process.

Council Member Brandon Bowersox (Ward 4) took issue with the Cobble Creek subdivision. He was concerned that developments in Urbana are being built without consideration for each other.

“These are all piecemeal developments,” Bowersox said. “Street connectivity isn’t clear and there are dead ends. I hope that the city can plan more comprehensively for the future.”

At Five Points Plaza, however, the issue was about signs, not streets. Developer Paul Tatman says the signs, which will be located at 520 N. Cunningham Ave. and 306 E. University Ave., must be enlarged to allow people to find the shopping center, which is located behind a Walgreens.

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“Walgreens builds high to dominate the area,” Tatman said. “We need every advantage we’ve got to do business in Urbana.”

The council eventually passed the resolution in Tatman’s favor.

The council also continued its bid to purchase the local water company, Illinois-American, as a result of numerous boil orders and a general dissatisfaction with the service.