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Plainfield Rec Center proposal will wait two more weeks, at least

Residents express concern about building, traffic

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield Township Park District Recreation Center got another important vote Monday night, but the project still isn’t official.

Village of Plainfield trustees voted, 5-1, in favor of giving the village attorney the authority to draft a special-use permit ordinance that, after later approval, would allow the building to be constructed on undeveloped land at Bott Park on Renwick Road. The ordinance will be reviewed and likely go to a vote at the board’s next meeting Aug. 21.

Reaction to the proposed building has not been glowing thus far.

Resident Colleen Brown spoke Monday in the public comment portion of the meeting and expressed concerns about traffic, saying that traffic levels are “incredible” in the area where the recreation center would be.

Brown said many of her neighbors are concerned about the park district’s building proposal, adding that it’s already hard to get out of her driveway.

“We are right across from the property and have not been notified of the planning meetings that have been going on,” Brown said. “I really want to know where I’m being represented in these meetings and this planning.”

Resident Theresa Faletti also was concerned about a lack of notice regarding the meetings, as well as traffic flow, water runoff and other environmental issues.

“Not everyone knew about these meetings,” she said. “The adjacent property owners did but the other ones did not.”

Already concerned about flooding in the area, Faletti said that if the proposed retention pond overflows, the river will overflow and it will make things worse.

She also isn’t a fan of the proposed building’s appearance.

“The look of the building belongs on Van Dyke Road and 143rd,” she said, referring to more industrial areas of town. “It does not fit in with a residential area. This building does not look nice at all. It shouldn’t be in that area.”

Plainfield Director of Planning Jon Proulx suggested voting simply to go ahead with a draft of the ordinance, while village staff works this week to address concerns of residents. The board largely was in favor of it.

Trustee Brian Wojowski did not say why he voted against it.

Several residents attended a Plainfield Plan Commission meeting Aug. 1 to complain that a swimming pool or aquatic center was not included in the recreation center plans. Park district staff said the feasibility study showed it was important to the public, but not above the exercise areas and day care services that more people had asked for.

The park district said it has designed the building to allow for an aquatic center addition to the north side of the building years down the road.