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The Connection homeless shelter is selling four lots on the north frontage road of the UPRR main line tracks.

The lots have been rezoned from residential to light industrial, paving the way for storage units.

The lots are on the north side of the 1300 block of Railroad St., between Adams and Madison streets.

Adams is at the west end of the North Platte Cemetery.

The shelter has a potential buyer that may want to put in a self storage facility, according to city council documents. The council voted unanimously for the change. The designation was also changed on the city’s comprehensive plan and future land use map.

The council approved the rezoning March 5.

Limit at Ho Jo’s

In other action, the council also agreed to limit access off Dewey St. to the lots at the Howard Johnson Motel at Francis St.

The property is officially called the South Platte Business Park. The building in the center of the property that was offices and a restaurant has been demolished.

There are two turnoffs from Dewey now, but one of them will be closed when the project is complete, city engineer Tom Werblow said.

The other two driveways, off and on to Francis St., will remain.

Owner Mark Wilkinson of Wilkinson Development told the Bulletin that he has a tenant who is going to build a new building on the property, but did not specify.

Code update

Also, the council agreed on first reading to update the city’s municipal codes to match the international building code.

The city codes have not been updated since 2005, officials said.

No one spoke at a public hearing.

A second reading will be held at the next council meeting March 19.

Councilman Andrew Lee suggested that the council could suspend the rule that requires three readings, because of the rapidly approaching construction season.

After brief discussion, the council decided to hold the second reading and if no one objects then, the rules could be suspended and the code adopted. That would allow new codes to take effect by April.


The council also agreed to provide closure of U.S. Highway 83 through downtown during the NebraskaLand Days parade in June.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/8/2013
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