Corral correspondence: 'Are you kidding me?'

Corral correspondence: 'Are you kidding me?'

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"What's going on with Golden Corral; coming to town?"

According to Champaign's building safety division, the building permit application for the Golden Corral at 1202 W. Anthony Drive is still on hold for "engineering-related" issues.

We also filed a freedom of information act request for correspondence between the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the restaurant's developer, Mike Petroline of GC Buffet and Associates of Vero Beach, Fla.

Things were testy in the early going, the correspondence shows, including a November 2017 exchange between Petroline and Laura Shobe of the public health district where he complained about having to make copies of a form and mail it to the agency.

"Are you kidding me?" he wrote. "Sorry I don't have a typewriter. What is up with your department? It is 2017?"

But things seem to have calmed in recent months and by April 16, the correspondence shows, Penny Murphy of public health had written to the project manager, Judith Finker of LMHT Associates in Morrisville, N.C., and included a "letter of design approval."

"This letter serves as notification that construction may begin," she wrote on April 16. "Visits to your facility will be made during its construction to ensure adherence to your plans. The final inspection of the facility will indicate whether or not compliance has been properly met."

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