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Judge Demands Illinois City Make a Decision About Self-Storage Permit


A judge in Quincy, Ill., ordered the city Monday to either deny or approve a building permit for a self-storage facility after the facility owner initiated a lawsuit last summer.

VLOH Enterprises had previously operated Express Storage on the property until it was shut down six years ago in a legal dispute. After Express Storage closed, the city issued a change in the zoning ordinance to allow self-storage businesses in rural zones. At the time, the city also issued a new special permit to VLOH.

However, the company didn’t come forward to request a building permit until April 2009, at which time city officials declined the permit, believing there were still some unresolved issues from the prior legal dispute.

VLOH’s attorney told the court the city has no valid reason to withhold the building permit since the legal decision that forced the facility to close no longer applied due to the zoning ordinance change.

The Quincy judge told the city it could make its own decision about issuing the building permit, but a decision needed to be made to move the legal process forward.

Source:  Quincy Herald-Whig,  Judge Tells City to Either Approve or Deny Permit for Self-Storage Facility to Move Legal Process Forward

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