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Government

Elmhurst City Council approves Hahn Street redevelopment

Third Ward alderman Micheal Bram (center) explains his opposition to approving the committee report in favor of the Hahn Street redevelopment Monday.
Third Ward alderman Micheal Bram (center) explains his opposition to approving the committee report in favor of the Hahn Street redevelopment Monday.

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst City Council voted 11-2 to approve zoning requests for the six-story multi-use Hahn Street redevelopment project Monday, as recommended by the city's Development, Planning and Zoning Committee.

"It's a topic that's been debated and discussed at great length before this body," committee Chairman and Fifth Ward alderman Scott Levin said.

The city-selected developer, Morningside Group, was chosen to develop city property in downtown Elmhurst just south of Panera on York Street.

The six-story development, called North District, will include 192 luxury apartments, 12,000 square feet of retail space, 153 public parking spaces, 335 residential parking spaces and a civic plaza.

In order to construct the development, Morningside requested a conditional-use permit for building height as well as several variances related to density, dwelling units below the second floor, the number of retail parking spaces required, the number of residential parking spaces required, 26 tandem parking spaces in the residential parking area, sign area, and height and area of temporary development signs.

Although Third Ward alderman Michael Bram noted he had concerns about the project's height and parking as he mentioned in earlier meetings, he was most concerned with the timing of Monday's vote.

"I think this report should be voted on at the same time that we vote on the RDA [redevelopment agreement] for this very property because the RDA...will encompass the dollar amount that we are allocating to this development as well," Bram said.

He motioned to postpone a vote on the report until Jan. 5, 2015, but the motion failed.

First Ward alderman Diane Gutenkauf also voted against the report because she said the council was attempting to pass projects that will direct the development of a new downtown plan that will put the projects in compliance.

"I don't like the backward way that we're doing this, and I think this project is too dense and too tall," Gutenkauf said.

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