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New Subway restaurant in the works on Locust

City asked to vacate right of way

STERLING – A new Subway restaurant is planned for Locust Street.

Dan and Kathy Sigwards own the Subway at 2210 Locust St., inside a service station.

They have let the city know that they plan to develop a new Subway a block away on the other side of Locust, near Reins Street.

The Sigwardses have entered a contract to buy land from Harkness Properties on the west side of Locust. In the past year, two houses were demolished on the property, said Amanda Schmidt, the city’s building and zoning superintendent.

Today, the city Plan Commission will consider the Sigwardses’ request to vacate a city right of way to make their development possible. The right of way is an unimproved extension of Reins Street that served as a driveway for the now-demolished houses, Schmidt said.

The documents presented to the city don’t state whether the Sigwardses plan to close the existing Subway, although it’s doubtful two such franchises would be within a block.

The Sigwardses could not be reached for comment.

Sterling has another Subway at 2501 E. Lincolnway. Franchises are also in Dixon, Rock Falls, Amboy, Morrison, Prophetstown, Oregon and Polo.

To attend

The Sterling Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. today at the City Hall Annex, 20 W. Third Street, in the Library Plaza.

The commission plans to consider a request to vacate a public right of way to make way for the development of a Subway restaurant.

Call the city's building and zoning superintendent, Amanda Schmidt, at 815-632-6624 for more information.

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