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Mr. Quick

The Mr. Quick restaurant at Clinton and Washington streets closed in 2001 and the city of Bloomington later bought the site and razed the building so it could widen the intersection. The Bloomington liquor and planning commissions have recommended a liquor license and site plan for a new business, Lulu's Pizza and Gaming, intended to build on the lot.

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Planning Commission is recommending the City Council approve a site plan for a proposed LuLu's Pizza and Gaming at the northeast corner of Washington and Clinton streets. 

The commission voted unanimously to make the positive recommendation  after no one spoke either for or against the new business at the now-vacant site of the former Mr. Quick restaurant during a public hearing Wednesday.

"I've been looking at that empty lot now for 20 years I think," said Mark Kudrys, who asked during the hearing about the location of the building's air-conditioning units and other mechanicals. "I bought my first property on Washington in 2001, so I would love see something be developed there."

Mr. Quick, which was built in 1964, was demolished in 2002, leaving the property vacant except for a large billboard, which the property owners said they plan to remove.

Mark Allen and Carl Muench, doing business as Carmala LLC, are requesting to build a restaurant on the property that is zoned B-1 for general commercial use. Surrounding businesses include offices, a car wash, a Speed Lube (which Allen and Muench also own), a car dealership and convenience store.

The property is within half a mile of residential properties and is on a bus route.

The site plan will advance to the council for consideration and possible action on Oct. 28, said Bloomington Community Development Director Bob Mahrt.

City planning staff recommended the council approve the site plan, but with several variances. Those included moving the building closer to Washington Street and providing parking in the rear of the property to be consistent with the nearby residential setbacks and other redevelopment in the area, including The Foundry and Green Top Grocery at 921 E. Washington St.

Due to site constraints, the building's location by the sidewalk and size of the parking lot, the city staff also supported a variance allowing the business to omit a 5-foot pedestrian path through the parking lot to the entrance.

The 1,900-square-foot building required 19 parking spots, "but the zoning ordinance allows for parking lot adjustments based on a number of different criteria," said  "Those are proximity to  mass transit lines, walkability to the adjoining residential neighborhood and also the number of bicycle parking spaces they have."

There are 15 total parking spaces proposed in the conceptual site plan, "but they have adequate land area to provide additional parking spaces if necessary," Mahrt said.

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Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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