MENOMINEE — The Menominee City Council will need to take action on the rezoning of 1406 10th Ave. and 1319 11th Ave.
That was the decision of the Judicial and Legislative/Personnel and Labor Committee on Monday.
The Roman Catholic Dioceses of Marquette and Menominee Catholic Central requested council approve rezoning the properties from R-2, medium density single and two-family residential district, to C-1, general business district.
The original recommendation on this rezoning issue was that the council schedule a public hearing. The Planning Commission held the required public hearing at its May 13 meeting. A quorum was not present to allow the commission to make a recommendation to the council.
At its June meeting, the council received the recommendation from the Planning Commission and referred it to the Judicial and Legislative/Personnel and Labor Committee.
Mayor Jean Stegeman said council member Leon Felch’s generous donation has led to circumstances that have changed significantly and the council should not overrule the Planning Commission.
Felch donated $150,000 for MCC to purchase Lincoln School from Menominee Area Public Schools. That leaves MCC for sale.
Council member William Plemel said the property in question should not be zoned C-1, commercial.
It was advised that the Planning Commission study this issue. The Planning Commission has 30 days from next Monday’s council meeting to relinquish the council’s offer.
The rezoning of the two properties will be addressed at Monday’s council meeting.
The Rev. Mark McQuesten of Menominee Catholic Central said there was an offer on the property, but it did not go through because it was from a commercial developer.
McQuesten said the school has loans to pay back and needs to sell the property as soon as possible.
It is on the market for $325,000.