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CEO of ALE addresses STC parking concerns

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 10:23 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – City staff on Monday said a downtown business still appears to have employee parking issues, something that was refuted by the company's CEO.

Rob Zimmers, CEO of ALE Solutions, 1 W. Illinois St., was at the city's Planning and Development Committee meeting Monday to provide an update on parking enforcement and relocating ALE employees on the first floor of the Fox Island Square building. The St. Charles City Council on April 21 voted in favor of denying Zimmer's appeal to keep his employees in the first floor space.

Zimmers was found to be in violation of the city's Zoning Code as it pertains to the Downtown Overlay District, which emphasizes retail businesses on the first floor of businesses and pedestrian foot traffic. As of November 2013, an office certification from the city is required for business and professional office use on the ground floor of buildings in the overlay district.

Zimmers also agreed to enforce ALE employees parking away from the business so as to not take away spots for other downtown shoppers. The city on April 29 e-mailed Zimmers detailing some infractions that the city's Building and Code Enforcement Division observed.

Zimmers on Monday provided a written response to each infraction and insisted his employees are parking in permitted spaces.

"Everybody is following [the proposed parking policy] in my company, I'm making sure of it," Zimmers said.

When city aldermen on the committee asked about his relocation efforts, Zimmers said he has been looking but hasn't located anything yet. Zimmers need a short-term, temporary leasing agreements, but so far has found leases with three or four-year commitments.

Zimmers will provide another update to city officials June 9.

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