Westmont approves plans for downtown performing arts center
WESTMONT — The village of Westmont is one step closer to getting a theater in the downtown area that could serve as an anchor to draw more people into the area.
The Westmont Village Board on Monday night approved development permits for a new theater that will be located at 11 W. Quincy St. The development permit was approved unanimously by village trustees.
Under village ordinance, the board must approve all development requests in downtown Westmont.
While some issues will still need to be addressed, such as fire safety codes that will need to be approved by the Westmont Fire Department before any occupancy of the building is allowed, the vote allows the plans to move forward.
Westmont residents and developers Keith Erickson and Eldon Olmstead are looking to open a theater and performing arts center in the vacant building at 11 W. Quincy Ave., and went before the Westmont Planning and Zoning Commission last November, which recommended the plans to the Westmont Village Board.
The new theater will have a maximum occupancy of 300 people and will be used for music and theater performances, and also will serve alcohol at selected events.
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