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Addison Parking Deck hearing continued again; resident-testimony limits discussed

ELMHURST – A public hearing on the proposed six-story Addison Parking Deck before the Zoning and Planning Commission was continued for a second time Thursday, but this time midway through a resident's testimony.

"The whole process deteriorates," said Darrell Whistler, commission chairman.

Whistler previously in the meeting asked resident David Pezza to succinctly wrap up his comments. Pezza agreed to submit the rest of his comments in writing, but stated he believed he should have the opportunity to present all of his testimony.

At 10:20 p.m. Whistler asked for a 10-minute break during resident Tamara Brenner's testimony. After the break, the commission decided to continue the meeting Feb. 13, but not before discussing what limits to place on future testimony.

"I'm concerned that if we go to another date, then we will have another round of testimony that purports to be expert," commissioner Susan Rose said.

Brenner presented information supporting her assertion that the parking study that the city used to determine the future need for parking downtown based on projected development overstated the need.

Brenner, who stated she was a medical doctor, used data from the parking study and city to calculate what she believed to be a more accurate need for 411 parking spaces at most in the downtown.

"All of which can be taken care of with a smaller parking garage," Brenner said.

According to the city's presentation last week, a four-story version of the garage with first-floor retail would create 460 spaces.

Municipal attorney Buzz Hill advised the commission that the continued hearing limit nonexpert testimony in response to Brenner's presentation.

"You're making a record here of somebody who is not a parking expert, who's not a traffic engineering expert, who's not a planning expert ... and I think that, that can be a problem," Hill said.

While four other residents expressed interest in speaking, the meeting was continued, and the record will stay open for community members to submit written testimony.

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