The Keokuk Board of Adjustment has signed off on a couple of small changes to the design plans for several garages that will be built behind the former Eagles building.
The property is being re-developed for commercial and residential use. There will be four high-end, upper-story apartments, which require the construction of the garages.
The board had to reconfirm its support because the project required a construction variance and any change must return to the panel. The garages will be slightly larger and their footprint will shift a couple of feet closer to a nearby alley.
Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says a heating and cooling system, which had drawn concerns over the size and noise, is also being eliminated from the plans. She says it will be replaced by a high-efficiency heat pump system that allows for individual metering.
The Board of Adjustment granted the original construction variance in April of 2011. It was pending a further review of the plans, which occurred in late August.
Glasscock says construction of the garages will start to pick up in the coming week.