Close quarters for proposed high rise

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Changes to a campustown alley will be discussed at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The area is near Green and Sixth streets.

The vote could lead to the possibility of another high-rise. The vote will consider widening the alley. Right now, the issue is how narrow it is. Garbage trucks can’t get down the roadway.

So, the first vote would be whether to give the city ownership of the alley. Next, would be to make an agreement to allow CORE to improve the alley. CORE is a national student housing developer.

It could be part of a much larger proposal. If the issues pass, it could pave the way for a 17-story development. But, before any of that happens, the city’s planning and development department says it will address an ongoing issue.

It would be somewhere between the coroner all the way down to Clybourne. It’s believed the pantry would sell. The I-STEM building has already sold and the Clybourne would be under a lease agreement.

CORE’s director says he’s not ready to reveal any further plans.

If Tuesday night’s vote is approved, it would be months before an action was taken. City leaders say they would have to sort out legalities, then there could possibly be movement on the developer’s end.

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