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The Planning & Zoning Commission this summer voted in favor of the Loose Goose development at the intersection of Grand Street and Grant Avenue.
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The Planning & Zoning Commission this summer voted in favor of the Loose Goose development at the intersection of Grand Street and Grant Avenue.

Council to consider Loose Goose developer for P&Z Commission seat

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Springfield City Council is slated to consider adding a business partner in the planned Loose Goose development to the Planning & Zoning Commission.

City Clerk Anita Cotter said Andrew Doolittle's appointment will be recommended under new business at tonight's council meeting. A vote to approve his appointment would not happen until Sept. 19, Cotter said, noting the decision would be placed on the consent agenda as a second reading at that council meeting.

Council's Public Involvement Committee, comprising Chair Mike Schilling, Monica Horton, Abe McGull and Matthew Simpson, at its Aug. 23 meeting unanimously approved Doolittle's appointment, setting up the decision by the full council, Cotter said.

The Public Involvement Committee’s vote came a day after council approved a zoning request that would allow the Loose Goose coffee shop, bar and recreational venue to proceed as the first new commercial development on the Grant Avenue Parkway. The site is located at the intersection of Grand Street and Grant Avenue.

The developer of the project is GDL Enterprises LLC, with Doolittle, Willie Grega and Cameron LaBarr on board as partners, according to past reporting.

Cotter said Doolittle, if approved by council, would fill a P&Z seat left vacant by the resignation of King Coltrin. The council committee also is considering potential replacements for Randall Doennig, whose term has expired, Cotter said.

The P&Z Commission's rules of procedure indicate commissioners must abstain from voting and from participating in hearings if an implied conflict of interest exists.

The P&Z Commission currently comprises:
· Natalie Broekhoven;
· Kuleya Bruce;
· Bruce Colony;
· Doennig;
· Britton Jobe;
· Carl Knuckles;
· Chris Lebeck; and
· Eric Pauly.

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