ST. CHARLES – More than 100 people packed the branch court Monday in St. Charles where the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals began its hearing a proposal for an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center near Campton Hills.
Maxxam Partners LLC is seeking a special use permit to convert the former Glenwood School for Boys, at 41W400 Silver Glen Road, into a 120-bed private pay, luxury treatment center.
Attorney Keith Brown, representing Maxxam, said the facility will be state-of-the art, and on the tax rolls, generating more than $300,000 in property taxes a year, and having the potential to become one of the best facilities in the country.
For all the positives, Brown said, neighbors “have been upset in the past.”
“I am a retired judge. After talking to [neighbors] and listening to them,” Brown said. “The unspoken problem we have in Kane County … we have a drug problem.”
Brown said the facility would not have an adverse affect on property values.
“I am proud to say it: This project will be one of the top places in the country, one that will make our community proud,” Brown said.
But ZBA member Gerry Regan, a Plato Township trustee, said what he hears from people is they are afraid.
“People in the neighborhood are definitely afraid,” Regan said. “Addicts are addicts, whether you are on heroin or whatever. If somebody doesn’t want to be there and leave – that is what has the people frightened. What is the answer to that?”
Brown said an untreated addict in a neighborhood is more dangerous that those who want to be treated.
The hearing continued to 10 p.m. with the possibility of reconvening at 7 p.m. Tuesday.