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Third Public Hearing Held on Addison Parking Deck

The Elmhurst Planning and Zoning Commission will begin deliberations on the six-story parking deck during a Feb. 27 meeting, according to Suburban Life Publications.

The Addison Avenue parking deck project has seen several incarnations and been the topic of much debate, particularly with regard to its proposed 6-story height. (File photo)
The Addison Avenue parking deck project has seen several incarnations and been the topic of much debate, particularly with regard to its proposed 6-story height. (File photo)
A third public hearing was held Thursday for the six-story Addison Parking Deck before the Planning and Zoning Commission with several residents voicing support and opposition to the controversial parking garage, according to Suburban Life Publications. 


Tamara Brenner, of Elmurst, said the parking garage could limit development in the area in the future and said a six-story building was not needed in the downtown area and also was not a part of the city of Elmhurst's comprehensive downtown plan, which calls for mainly two- to four-story buildings, according to Suburban Life Publications. 

Those in support of the parking garage said the parking deck could bring in — and keep — businesses in Elmhurst, according to the article. 

City of Elmhurst officials are basing the need for the six-story structure, which would include 690 parking spaces, on a study it commissioned last fall and was conducted by consultant Gewalt Hamilton Associates. 

The study concluded there was a future need for "several hundred more parking spaces" downtown in part because of "the potential for future development of eight downtown sites," according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The Elmhurst Planning and Zoning Commission will begin deliberations on the parking deck during a Feb. 27 meeting, according to Suburban Life Publications. 

A Jan. 24 Patch.com article reported the city is asking the commission to consider the following:

  • A conditional use permit to allow the building height to be 65 feet as opposed to 45 feet currently allowed without a hearing
  • Permission to build lot-line-to-lot-line, foregoing the current requirement for 25-foot setback on the front and sides of the property and 15 feet in the rear
  • Elimination of the requirement for a loading dock in the rear of the property

In June, the Zoning Commission rejected a proposal from Addison Corridor LLC for a six-story structure on the property that would have included parking, office space and retail; the new plan omits the office space. Addison LLC still is the developer, but the city is now taking the lead on what the structure will be.

The project has been in the planning stages since 2009, when the original public/private partnership agreement for a four-story parking garage was signed with Addison LLC.


Vincent Russell February 18, 2014 at 08:50 AM
If this is the design, it could go down as one of Elmhurst's ugliest buildings outside of the Lizzardo, Hamburger Jones, and what existed the Addison St. site before. Only benefit is that more people will be able to come to downtown Elmhurst, park, and see this eyesore. Can we not find a better design to improve the cityscape of the city, especially when starting from scratch. This gives a new meaning to the term "urban blight."
Jim Court February 18, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Think in terms of the distant future.Many of the downtown buildings will need to be eventually replaced. This six story building can help lead the way. Imagine if Rosemont had our form of Government. Nothing would be there. We spin our wheels way too much. Analyze and explore all of the possibilities and ideas early on, choose the very best idea and then move decisively forward. Our form of Government must absolutely handcuff those who want to lead. I actually one time thought of running for Mayor but realized I would never have patience for the status quo or endless meetings that did nothing to achieve results. Elmurst is very good but it could be so much better.
Jim Court February 18, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Vincent, Where can I review the design you talk about ? Aesthetics are important
Idont Givitout February 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Elmhurst will never be more than a desired residential area due to its proximity to downtown Chicago. There are no reasons to want to shop in downtown Elmhurst. There are few reasons to want to dine in downtown Elmhurst. Downtown only serves the poor needs of the residents. A parking structure would only facilitate a few more commuters to Chicago. I don't mean to be negative on this but discussions of parking in Elmhurst have been going on since at least the 1970's. Until the city figures out a way to bring in business (office) there will never be a need for parking. Quaint shopping is only effective when there are not alternatives nearby. Elmhurst has Oak Brook, Woodfield, Yorktown, and of coarse Chicago nearby enough to draw shoppers away. This will NEVER change because of Elmhurst's glacial-like movement on anything other than rebuilding city facilities. I agree withh Mr Russel about the design aspects too. The shown rendering shows early 1900's warehouse/factory appearance. If the city want to continue shunning away business that is fine but a more modern/progressive design would be better. This actually reminds me of the Sandy's on Spring road. As a drive up burger joint it was fine, any other business in it failed due to the eight sided building curse. Not until I believe it was Silverado that changed the design was it able to succeed!! Put back office and retail space, giving people reason to come downtown and be done with it
Vincent Russell February 18, 2014 at 01:02 PM
This could be a great buy for District 205. They could be even closer to town, and gobble up more taxable property space.
Jim Court February 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Both of you make valid points. I would like to see a rendering of the proposed building.

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