Details on Addison Project Soon Will Be Made Public, Mayor Says

Project hasn't been discussed in public since December 2010.

Information about a proposed, six-story development on Addison Avenue soon will be made public, Acting Mayor Scott Levin announced at Tuesday's Elmhurst City Council meeting.

Elmhurst resident Tamara Brenner said during public comment she was surprised the topic was not on this week's agenda, since Levin had indicated at an earlier meeting that it would be. She said all business related to the Addison Avenue project to date has been conducted in closed session.

"There has been no public discussion since December 2010, when we heard a six-story building was an option for Addison Street," she said.

First Ward Aldermen Diane Gutenkauf sent out a press release last month stating she voted against a contract extension between the city and developer Arco Murray/Addison LLC because the "project has been discussed behind closed doors since Day 1, and I cannot support the approval of details that have been kept from the public eye."

Levin said aldermen will discuss it in public after next week's Zoning Commission hearing, during which the developer is expected to ask to build a six-story structure on the site, located at 135-149 N. Addison Ave. The city's zoning code currently only permits four-story structures in the downtown area, and many, including some aldermen, believe six stories would be an eyesore and set a precedent for other taller buildings downtown.

The developer is planning retail, office space and parking for the property.

"Feb. 28 is the Zoning Commission meeting," Levin said. "When it has moved beyond that point, we'll have a complete update on the history of the project and how we got to be where we are today."

The hearing originally was scheduled for Jan. 24, but an application for associated setback variations had not been received nor publicized in time for that meeting, so it was moved to Feb. 28, according to a statement from the city last month.

Brenner said she wonders if decisions on the Addison Street project already have been made.

"It makes me wonder if the zoning process is legitimate" and whether it's even worth the time to formulate comments for the public hearing, she said.

"But I will be preparing comments for Feb. 28, and I hope the public also will attend," she said.

Levin said it's a "complicated process," but he doesn't believe decisions have been made.

"I haven't decided how I would vote on it. I want to see how the Zoning Commission hearing goes," he said.

The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at City Hall, 209 N. York St.

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Henry February 21, 2013 at 05:45 PM
So election time is time to go public and suddenly appear to be "transparent". The hidden details remain to be seen.
Doremus Jessup February 21, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Hey Elmhurst, Doremus here, I have been thinking that my family really doesn't need to own two cars most of the time but the times we do need two they come in really handy. Judging by the parking garages going up in Elmhurst and some vacations I have taken where we rented cars from agencies housed in parking garages I would really like to see an auto rental company or car sharing service such as Igo or Zipcar set up shop in one of our parking garages and help my family dispense with the need of two cars. The thought of the sands of time depreciating the value of a car just sitting in my garage coupled with the cost of maintenance and those city parking stickers I sure would love to say good bye to one of my cars. Having plug in hybrids or total electric would be even better. What do you think my fellow citizens?
PJC February 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Zip cars are already available at Elmhurst College.
Doremus Jessup February 21, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Their website is not showing any cars in Elmhurst.
Joe O'Malley February 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Great idea...Fred Flintsone's car old car would be a good choice. Besides flatulence the carbon footprint would be almost non-existent.
TE February 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Acting Mayor Levin will vote yes to tall buildings because its not in his neighborhood! He will probably support a electronic sign on the sixth floor as long as it doesn't face south towards his house on Arlington....
EC2014 February 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Not anymore.


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