MACOMB — The Planning Commission voted Wednesday for approval of a special use permit for a recreation center in a R1 single family zone at 1301 W. Grant St.
Derek Allensworth, a Macomb area resident who is also in business locally, told the committee that the issue he and his wife (Nicole) see and struggle with is the lack of a multi-purpose recreational facility.
“The recreation center would serve the purpose of a gymnasium, have some extra room for batting cages; pitching areas, but also have a little area for a work-out area,” he continued, “and also another small room that would be big enough to be able to have birthday parties, retirements, gatherings for different events, retirement parties.”
Allensworth noted that with the many small businesses in town that operate out of a residential space or other similar small structure that are unable to hold large meetings, a site with sufficient amenities for 20 or more people would be beneficial.
Incidentally, Allensworth is familiar with construction: His brother, Jared Allensworth of the Quincy-based J&N Construction is involved with the construction of the new Dunkin Donuts/Baskin-Robbins at Sherman Avenue and West Jackson Street.
The special use permit was granted with the proposed condition that the recreation center close by 10 p.m. unless demand dictates the applicant would like to stay open longer, and then they could potentially petition the planning commission and city council for later hours, said Community Development Coordinator Ray Heitner.
The issue will be heard at the next committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.
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