New Curtis Road subdivision plan to be reviewed

New Curtis Road subdivision plan to be reviewed

CHAMPAIGN – The city council this week will consider a redrafted proposal for a new Christie Clinic site and its surrounding subdivision and discuss potential changes to the police complaint process.

Council members will convene the study session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

The city has noted 17 "questions" about the proposed Curtis Road subdivision in areas where it might not be in compliance with a zoning ordinance amendment the council has yet to approve, said Lorrie Pearson, the city's land development manager.

Those questions – including the design and relative size of parking lots and detention basins, as well as layout and allowable uses of some buildings – are based on a preliminary draft Rock Island-based Raufeisen Development has provid- ed to the city and specific details that it has yet to present.

"In some respects, it's just pointing out some questions that we had when reviewing the proposal," Pearson said.

The envisioned subdivision – to be called "Wellness at Prairie Village" – includes provisions for small retail shops or offices, senior residences, a 70,000-square-foot "community wellness center" and a 105-room hotel.

The development also provides for a Christie Clinic campus that would be between 200,000 and 260,000 square feet upon completion, according to a city memo. That structure would be phased in its construction, with the first portion being roughly 60,000 square feet.

City officials will meet with residents to discuss the proposed subdivision during a neighborhood meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 28 at First Christian Church, 3601 S. Staley Road, C.

Council members on Tuesday will also consider recommendations from a city committee that met eight times between February and May to review the police complaint process.

The review was one response to the October 2009 fatal police shooting of 15-year-old Kiwane Carrington, and city officials hope an improved complaint process will help repair a strained relationship between the police department and the community.

Committee members in their report made suggestions to make the review process more accessible, add a mediation component, compile more detailed reports and educate the public on what the review process is.

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