SIOUX CITY | Faced with a choice between burgers and buffalo wings, the Sioux City Council sided with the wings.
The council on Monday voted 3-0 -- with Mayor Bob Scott and Councilman Dan Moore abstaining -- to accept the proposal of Saltzman Management Co., the owner and operator of five metro Burger Kings, to purchase a 1.5-acre tract of land near 3104 Floyd Blvd., directly across the street from the Floyd Boulevard Wal-Mart Super Center.
Saltzman plans to build either a Burger King or a Buffalo Wings & Rings -- a sit-down sports bar similar to a Buffalo Wild Wings -- on the land. The council's vote carried the direction that the city request the Buffalo Wings & Rings rather than the Burger King during negotiations.
Under Saltzman's proposal, the price for the 1.5 acres would total $422,500. The Saltzman plan calls for a capital investment of about $1.1 million, with the new restaurant employing about 20 full-time and 15 part-time workers.
Saltzman had faced a competing proposal from McDonald's USA to buy the entire lot, a total of about 2.25 acres, to construct a McDonald's restaurant on just over half the space and save the remaining land for future development. Its purchase price would total $696,524.
Mayor Bob Scott abstained because he has a separate business partnership with Saltzman. Councilman Dan Moore abstained because one of his law partners represents the company.
In other action, the council voted to move forward with a design for the parking structure behind the proposed Courtyard by Marriott Hotel to be built in the Sioux City Convention Center parking lot.
The 140-space structure will have two stories, one reserved for hotel guests and one prioritized for hotel guests but also open to the public. The public entrance will be off Fifth Street. Current estimates have the price for the structure around $2.3 million, according to Public Works director Dave Carney. It will be paid with funds from the Iowa Reinvestment District and with tax-increment financing.
Gilchrist Learning Center
The council will also voted to accept a nearly $2 million bid by South Sioux City-based H&R Construction Co. for construction of the Gilchrist Learning Center at 220 Pierce St.
The project, which will allow the Sioux City Art Center to expand its educational space, is funded through private donations and a state grant.
Meter enforcement hours
The council voted 4-1, with Mayor Bob Scott dissenting, to reduce downtown parking meter enforcement hours by an hour.
Rather than the current hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., enforcement would end at 5 p.m. Agenda documents say enforcement staff only work until 5 p.m., so the change would serve to make the listed hours consistent.