Former Kirksville KFC may get a major overhaul

<font size="2">InSite Real Estate has plans to tear down the old KFC building and construct a facility that could house two businesses.</font>

A vacant business site in Kirksville may soon be getting a major overhaul.

The Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday evening to discuss the re-development of the former KFC building that sits at the northeast corner of Baltimore and Normal streets.

The developer, InSite Real Estate out of Oak Brook, Ill., has plans to demolish the building and construct a new facility that could house two different businesses.

The developer is currently in talks with potential tenants including Starbucks and AT&T, but no final decisions have been made at this point.

â??That adds to our tax base, adds to people's choices where they can go and spend their money and we want to, we're here to promote that. I'm glad the commission took the action they did because it just shows that we want to see businesses," said Brad Selby, Kirksville Codes and Inspection Director. "This is a long time business location, and it's a great spot to tear and old building down and put a new building up and make it useful, so we're really glad to see that.â??

The commission voted unanimously in favor of the development plans. Its recommendation will now be forwarded on to the Kirksville City Council for final approval.