Fulton Ordinance

The Fulton City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance authorizing the sale of municipally owned real estate at the intersection of Fourth Street and 10th Avenue in downtown Fulton.

FULTON, Ill. — The Fulton City Council, on a 7-2 vote, approved an ordinance Tuesday authorizing the sale of municipally owned real estate to Manreet and Melanie Kalyan for a brewery.

Mayor Wendy Ottens and City Aldermen Paul Banker, Jeff Brondyke, Harley Hunt, Keith King, Sue Van Kampen and Mike Van Zuiden voted in favor of the ordinance. Aldermen Barb Mask and Dan Nederhoff voted against the ordinance.

The ordinance authorizes the sale of vacant land at the intersection of Fourth Street and 10th Avenue in Fulton to the Kalyans for $3,001. The cash real-estate contract states the Kalyans agree to purchase the real estate from the city for $3,001, plus $1,500 to defray the city’s cost of the sale.

The total payment at closing to be paid to the seller is $4,501, the cash sale real estate contract says. The contract will now be sent to the buyers to review, Ottens said.

Nederhoff, one of two council members to vote against the ordinance, said the city was selling the property for too little money, and that it’s not in the city’s best interest to give up the parking lot used by other businesses.

Van Zuiden said he understood Nederhoff’s concern with parking, noting that parking in that area, for any business, is not ideal. However, Van Zuiden is not willing to hold up a project of this scope from a couple of individuals who are willing to make a significant investment in the community over parking, he said.

“Our other options with that property have been, well let’s turn it into a park with some grass, a bench, a fire pit and a mural and a crumbling wall on an adjacent building,” Van Zuiden said. “And we have two folks and their family that are willing to turn that into something much bigger.

“I think we talk quite often about this community being about tourism, and I think that it is,” Van Zuiden said.

“And I think that we have a lot of attractions where people come to town to see things. People will come to this town to experience the experience that you’re going to build on that corner,” said Van Zuiden.

“And instead of coming to see things and maybe spend money, they’re going to come here to spend their money to the enrichment of your family and this community,” Van Zuiden said.

Mask voted against the ordinance, not because she is against the business proposal, but because of the way it was presented to the city, she said. Mask was not in favor of selling the public property.

“This is not fair to other businesses already in the area,” Mask said. The parking lot is full most of the time, she said.

Nederhoff believes the city should have approved a liquor license prior to voting on the ordinance. “I feel like we’ve got the cart in front of the horse a little bit,” he said.

“We got, as a contingent, we’ve got to approve a liquor license,” said Nederhoff. “To me, we should have got that resolved before we got to this point tonight,” he said.

“So at this point, I can’t support this just the way it’s structured. I’m totally supportive of, I want to see it here. But I just think we mishandled some things here that we could have handled a little bit better,” Nederhoff said.

The buyers’ plans include purchasing two existing buildings, City Administrator Dan Clark said. They also plan to utilize two lots at the intersection of Fourth Street and 10th Avenue and are talking about putting $1.5 million into the project, Clark said.

City code requires one parking spot per employee, Zoning Officer Dale Sikkema said. It is also a requirement to have one parking spot per table, he added.

“Since that already has two stores there, if there’s tables in there, they would not be counted because the buildings are already existing,” Sikkema said. “It’s all for new construction. We don’t have anything for remodeling.”

Melanie Kalyan said the plan is for the business to focus primarily on craft beer options. The Kalyans would also like to have specific items that are a more high-class type of drink, including wine and maybe martinis, she said.

The business will also offer food items, Manreet Kalyan said.

“Food will actually be the greater percentage of our revenue based on our current projections,” Manreet said. “So we will be a place to dine, have a very nice menu for dining that just so happens to make its own beer.”

They plan to offer pub-style dining, which will include appetizers, meal options and probably a special each day, Melanie Kalyan said.

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