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How Tall Do You Want the Addison Parking Deck to Be?

Share your thoughts at Thursday's Zoning and Planning Commission public hearing.

Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission will again be taking up the issue of whether a parking deck on Addison Avenue should be allowed to bypass current zoning so it can be built six stories tall. Current zoning for the area, at 135-149 N. Addison, is four stories.

The commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at City Hall, 209 N. York St. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and let their opinions officially be placed on record with the city.

Elmhurst City Council reached consensus last fall to send the issue back to the zoning Commission.

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 under contract, but this time it is letting the city take the lead on what the structure will be.

Debate between residents and city officials on the height of this property has been contentious for years. The project has been in the planning stages since 2009, when the original agreement for a four-story parking garage was signed with Addison LLC.

The city is asking the commission to consider zoning relief as follows:

  • A conditional use permit to allow the building height to be 65 feet, as opposed to 45 feet currently in the zoning code
  • 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

Myriad documents related to this proposal are available on the city's website through BoardDocs

Click here to read some of the many stories about the Addison Deck on Elmhurst Patch.

WLA January 23, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Patty I thought the same thing, insensitive does not begin to describe those comments.
Idont Givitout January 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM
My answer is no more stupid or inappropriate than the question. It is certainly not up to the general population nor even the city to decide how tall or even if a parking structure should be built. The cities only concern is that it is A) built to code, and B) that fire protection may be afforded to it. Other than that, a developer should be at will to build what they want. If the city decides it is ok to have buildings abut each other so there is no right of way or safety buffers between them with no land between to absorb precipitation and become like Oak Park or the City of Chicago then fine, otherwise stand the ground that the forefathers laid out for code. Yes, I am a bit callous in realizing a death occurred at another garage, but that has nothing to do with the why of the event which is the important question there. When one becomes suicidal they will always find a way to accomplish their goal. It is sad that it may come to that but life goes on. I have a friend whose mother threw herself in front of a passenger train, It was terrible but are we to not allow trains? Everybody and thing will eventually die.
Faust January 24, 2014 at 09:39 AM
"Splat" isn't a word you see very often. It appears some would prefer to not see it at all. Reminds me of the word "moist".
Steve January 24, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Idontgivitout - I don't understand your comments. The ordinance of this city allows for 45 ft structures. This request is above 65 ft when you include the appurtenances. All cities have ordinances for height for commercial and residential. I think it comes down to what someone wants elmhurst downtown to look like, the character, how much should the city spend and therefore tax the residents to build this parking deck and to make sure it is as safe as possible.
Idont Givitout January 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Steve, exactly my point. There is code in effect that must be adhered to or they can consider changing the code for all not just one. Secondly, the city should not own this property and structure. If they can violate their own code then so can I and start a sweat shop with hundreds of Asian children making a designer shoes. The city is not a for profit corporation and is violating its basic charter by owning and developing the property. Of course I could be wrong and it is the plan of the city to not charge rent for the commercial space nor charge to park so one could use the existing business' . But somehow I think not. as you said 45 feet is 45 feet and the limit. As far as the aesthetics, the city needs to consider the effect of both the front as well as the back and sides of the structure. As a resident who would be behind it I would be very upset at losing my sunrise and then sun fall that will result, possibly killing landscaped features. Bottom line to answer your statement the city should spend $0.00 on building and no tax should be collected from anyone except the property owner that is in the tax roles!

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