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Addison parking deck project still in the works

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:24 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – An Elmhurst City Council committee is planning to again review the Addison parking deck project, possibly in a new form before the full council takes a final vote on it.

"We have been told that the developer has a revised plan," 1st Ward Alderman Marti Deuter told residents during a recent town hall meeting.

The original redevelopment agreement, approved in 2009, planned for a four-story parking deck with first-floor retail. Recently, the developer has submitted a new six-story design, which would include office space.

"The new design as proposed is not allowed by the city's zoning code, so the developer requested a conditional use and a couple of variances that would allow the project to go to six stories, a height they were seeking without setbacks," Deuter said.

The city's zoning and planning commission hosted public hearings on the topic, prior to their recommendation this month to deny the new design. However, a similar City Council committee will continue discussions about the Addison project.

Deuter summarized public comments as "largely opposed to the proposed height."

"The commissioners that make up this commission also expressed concerns related to the alley access of the development and what they perceived a lack of an overall plan for that whole Addison corridor," she said.

The newest version of the developer's plan has yet to be presented.

Deuter encouraged interested residents to attend public committee meetings once aldermen begin reviewing the revised project.

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