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Parking deck committee torn between 5, 6 stories

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:27 a.m. CDT
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The empty lot (left) on Addison Avenue, just south of 2nd Street, in downtown Elmhurst is the site of a proposed six-story parking deck.

ELMHURST – The Development, Planning and Zoning Committee plans to submit two reports to the City Council regarding the Addison Parking Deck zoning application.

Seventh Ward alderman and committee member Mark Mulliner explained at the March 24 meeting, he supports the city’s request for six stories.

Dannee Polomsky, committee vice chairman and Third Ward alderman, plans to submit a report that supports a five-story structure.

With two of the three committee members differing, committee chairman and Fifth Ward alderman Scott Levin’s signature decides which report is the majority and which is the minority.

Levin said he has two reasons for signing the six-story report, making it the majority, even though he’s a proponent of a five-story building. First, the city is the applicant, and the council previously voted to request six stories. Secondly, during that council discussion, he and Polomsky suggested a five-story option, which no one else supported.

However, when the report goes to the council, Levin plans to vote in favor of the minority report.

“It’s a decision that has to be made at the full council anyway,” Levin said.

The entire committee did agree to remove two conditions from the Zoning and Planning Commission’s report.

The committee prefers a two-parking-space minimum requirement for a designated loading zone to the commission’s seven spaces.

Also, the committee removed the commission’s condition prohibiting commuter parking in the deck. Although the committee agreed the deck’s primary use should be retail parking, changing a condition in the future would require going through the zoning process again.

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Next meeting

The City Council is expected to discuss the Addison Parking Deck reports at Monday’s meeting.

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