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Schultz Monument seeks crematorium at former Keen's Station

Streator Plan Commission to revisit issue next month

George Schultz, of Schultz Monument, is petitioning the Streator Plan Commission to allow for cremation at 404 N. Bloomington St., the former location of Keen's Station.

"We had a fire and we were able to move into a different building to continue our work there," Schultz said. "We'd like to use Keen's Gas Station and have it rezoned to put our offices for our three businesses. We'd also like to have our crematory in there."

City Engineer Jeremy Palm said rezoning the district may not be necessary, as crematories are no longer noticeable enough to necessitate industrial zoning. He then suggested the Plan Commission come back next month to amend the code to allow for a special use permit to allow crematories in a commercial zone.

"This is already going to take an extra month because we'll have to make a public notice," Palm said. "It'll just be a delay of a month while we clean up the zoning code."

The Plan Commission also approved for recommendation facade grants of $15,000 for 125 and 127 S. Park St. and their owner, Daniel Crampton. However, Plan Commission member Richard Pierce mentioned the fund has run out of money.

Palm said that is something the City Council will worry about, but going through this process lets the owner know they will be considered in the next year.

As for what Crampton plans for the South Park Street building, across the street from the library, Chairman Doug Patterson said Crampton is planning on it being a museum.

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