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New medical center for Rochelle

Residents in Rochelle can expect to see a 2nd medical center opening by the end of the year.

The Rochelle Planning and Zoning Commission received an update report last night on the Kishwaukee Community Hospital facility. It will be located in a lot East of the Walmart store. The final engineering plans have been submitted to city officials along with the foundation proposal for the project.

Swedish American Hospital is also building a new medical center just east of Sullivan's foods. They expect to have the facility open this spring.

The commission recomended to the council that they approve the preliminary and final plat for 77 acres of land north of the intersection of Steward and Caron Roads. 1 of the 5 lots will be used for "Private Golden Prairie". The name of the company has not been released for the 358,000 square foot facility. The company will have parts that will be used by the Nippon Sharyo railcar facility.

The commission also recommended that an amendment to a special use permit be given to the 1st National Bank and Trust Company in Rochelle for their antenna on the roof of their building on May Mart Drive.

The height of the tower will go from 65 feet to 81 feet with a maximum height of 91 feet. The tower will be used to communicate with the bank's facility in Ashton. The bank plans to get an FCC license link for their own frequency.

The commission also approved the preliminary and final plat for Arlen Harms for property at the corner of South Main Street and Avenue "G". He wants to have 2 lots in the area. 1 lot already has a home which is over 100 years old. The other lot had a city waterwell house at 1 time.

The council is expected to talk about the recommendation at a future meeting.

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