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Should Banquet Centers be Allowed in Historic Commercial District?

St. Charles Planning and Zoning Commission will meet with local business owners March 14 to look for a compromise on the issue.

St. Charles Planning and Zoning commissioners plan to meet with people opposed to having banquet centers in the Historic Commercial District in hopes of finding a compromise next week.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at

The commission asked for the meeting with business owners on South Main Street after to allow banquet centers in the area. Many spoke of concern that such a move would increase the amount of problems with

Sheri Steffans, owner of , spoke in favor of the change. She said she'd like to put a small meeting facility and chapel in the 1000 block of South Main Street, an area that's not currently zoned for banquet centers. 

The meeting will be held on the 4th floor of city hall in council chambers in an informal setting around a table. City staff members will provide the commission with alternatives for their consideration. 

What you should know:

  • The Historic Commercial District is a zoning area that runs along South Main Street from Madison Street to just before Ameristar Blvd. Click the map to the right to see the area included. 
  • There are banquet centers in other parts of the downtown area. , is located at 311 North Main, in an area that is zoned Central Business District. 
  • The Planning and Zoning Commission's next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. March 26.
Brian Feldt (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 02:14 PM
No doubt this would add to the number of drunks roaming the streets on certain nights. However, I'm in favor of more banquet facilities in that part of town. Just my opinion, though.
Chuck Marley March 08, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I don't think that banquet center patrons are any more likely to be disorderly than anyone leaving any of the fine restaurants or wine gardens that are common in the district. I'm thinking the Hells Angels don't have banquets.
Robert March 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
As long as a business does not have a flashing neon sign saying "psychic readings here", and are operating a legitimate business that creates jobs and generates tax revenues... nobody should have anything to say. I find it offensive and un-American to interfere with a persons right to operate a business and pursue their happiness. Just who do the people opposing this think they are? Do they believe they are governing with the consent of the people... or are they even elected to a legitimate office... or are they appointed by a political hack... or are they self appointed? "Several people raised concerns"... really? What if several people raised concerns that city government is standing in the way of the lawful conduct of normal regular business... then what?
Mike H March 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
There is nothing wrong with a banquet facility on S. Main Street. It would add new business for everyone in the area. Besides, most any existing restaurant on South Main could host a banquet. The size of the facility would dictate how many people could attend. So long as the banquet facility has to obtain the same permits and licenses as a restaurant, I see no problem. If there is an existing concern over public drunkenness and vandalism, then either the CIty, or the South Main merchants should hire security to patrol the streets. This could be foot patrol, horseback (historical in nature), or even Seguays (might be tough on the cobblestones though).

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