Village considering approval of new church parking lot, bus yard

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 11:50 a.m. CDT

LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board is expected to vote on the special use applications of two properties during its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 26.

The properties were discussed during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Aug. 19.

St. Patrick Church is requesting permission to use a residential zoned property at 217 Cass Ave. to make a parking lot.

The property is not directly adjacent to the church or its existing property, so the village had to make an amendment to its Unified Development Ordinance to allow the property to be used as a parking lot.

The church has already received approval to demolish a home and garage on site. The church's request was initially denied by Lemont's Historic Preservation Commission in February, but the decision was overturned by the village board in April.

A spokesperson with the church said they had no comment.

Westway Coach Inc. is seeking to lease a vacant lot at 11295 Lemont Road to use as a school bus terminal and minor repair facility. The buses would service school districts in Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn and Hinsdale.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval but is requesting that the village engineer study the traffic impact of the buses using Lemont Road.

The 90 to 100 buses would be leaving north on Lemont Road between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., meaning they would not go through downtown Lemont.

Village Planning and Economic Development Director Charity Jones said the concern is whether the buses would cause a backup in the left turn lane when returning to the terminal.

Any changes to the road to improve traffic flow would need to go through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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