BOONE, Iowa—Architect John Haila told the Boone County Zoning Commission Monday that if everything stays on schedule, there would be a new Redeker’s Furniture Store built by the end of 2015 near the junction of Highways 30 and 17 in Boone County. The Zoning Commission was asked for a recommendation to proceed with the rezoning of just over 57 acres owned by Stanley Redeker. The land is currently zoned A-1 and would change to C-1 allowing for a commercial retail building and associated parking lots.
It was noted during the presentation that the current comprehensive plans call for the US Highway 30 corridor to be developed for commercial purposes. Most so far have been agriculturally related. Mike Redeker, speaking for Redeker Furniture told the Commission that they are land locked in their current location. The business also has to deal with traffic on South Marshall Street, with their warehouse on the east side of the street and the showroom on the west side. Redeker said it makes for a difficult and sometimes unsafe situation. The plan for a new store would combine both facilities and still provide room for future growth and would supply ample parking. Redeker also noted that studies of shoppers indicates that the location is in the travel pattern for people that have shopped at Redeker’s.
Most of the questioning by Zoning Commission members dealt with concerns about traffic and traffic safety. Neighbor Richard Weise did not speak against the actual rezoning but did raise concerns about the safety of traffic on Highway 17. Traffic study information has been submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation. The DOT will have the final say on what if any measures need to be taken to deal with traffic safety concerns on Highway 17. If any improvements are required, the cost would be the responsibility of the developer, Redeker.
A motion to table action until the Iowa DOT was able to respond to the traffic concerns failed to received a second. The Commission did vote unanimously to recommend the Supervisors proceed with the rezoning, while taking the traffic situation into consideration. It’s not known how long it will take for the DOT to respond. Haila said the plan would be to begin site preparation as early as late September. The Public Hearings for the Boone County Supervisors have not been set at this time.