Property south of Warren Barrett Drive in Hannibal will soon feature more park land and fewer streets. On Tuesday night the City Council gave first reading to a proposal that would see certain sections of streets abandoned around Printex.
City Manager Jeff LaGarce reported the abandonments would directly impact only a few property owners - Randy Park, owner of Printex, and Liberty Gas Company.
Park requested that the city abandon Colfax Avenue from 11th Street to a point just west of Maple Street, portions of 10th and Maple streets, and an alley between Printex and where the Hannibal Machine building once stood.
“Mr. Park feels these streets no longer have any justifiable purpose for the general public,” wrote LaGarce in a memo.
Safety is another concern for Park, who would like to expand his business in the future, according to LaGarce.
“He (Park) is concerned about motorist safety in this industrial area,” wrote LaGarce.
Restricting general public access may also lessen the littering problem that a portion of Printex’s property frequently experiences.
In the wake of the flood buyout program, city hall consideration had been given to abandoning Colfax, according to the city manager, who described it as a “street in poor condition, exhibiting little traffic, largely fronting city and Printex property, and (that is) subject to continuous flooding.” He added that such action is not practical since several property owners in the area are still dependent on Colfax.
In conjunction with the abandonment would come a land deal. Park would deed a parcel of property at no cost to the city. That land would give the city contiguous ownership for recreation use.
In exchange, Park would maintain the former Hannibal Machine property once it is converted to recreation use.
The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposal at its Feb. 28 meeting.
Both the Board of Public Works and AT&T have requested permanent easements for maintenance purposes at their facilities on the vacated properties.
The matter will come up for a final reading at the Tuesday, April 2, Council meeting.