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Village officials take office, pass zoning amendment with potential to impact historic home

LEMONT – Several Lemont village officials took the Oath of Office May 13 at Lemont Village Hall.

Rep. Dan Lipinski facilitated the swearing in for Mayor Brian Reaves, Clerk Charlene Smollen and Trustees Paul Chialdikas, Cliff Miklos and Jeanette Virgilio.

“I want to truly thank each and every one of you for supporting me and supporting this town,” said Reaves, to his fellow village board members.

Also during the May 13 meeting, the board voted to approve a zoning ordinance amendment that will allow institutions to apply for special use permits to build accessory parking lots that are not located on the property they will be designated serve.

The amendment follows a recent discussion regarding St. Patrick Church's interest in constructing a parking lot at 217 Cass St. The property, which is located within the village historic district, is currently the site of a 19th century home.

The board voted to grant St. Patrick permission to demolish the house during its April 22 meeting.

“It's not a vote on 217 Cass,” said Planning and Economic Development Director Jim Brown, in reference to the zoning amendment approved Monday. “It would allow them to apply for a special use.”

In order to receive a permit, St. Patrick would need to attend a public hearing before the Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission, Brown said in a previous interview with Suburban Life Media. The commission would then make a recommendation to the village board.

Brown also told the board Monday that he is meeting with The Brew Hounds, a craft brewery that has expressed interest in setting up shop at 431 Talcott Ave., on-site Tuesday.

“I'll have some good news very soon on that,” he said.

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