By: Carol Kania Morency
Source: Elmhurst Patch
Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend denial of a developer’s request to build a six-story retail, office and parking structure downtown, at 135-149 N. Addison St.
“I don’t think they ever made the case as to why they needed six stories,” Commissioner Susan McCoyd said.
Lead developer Addison Corridor LLC and construction company ARCO/Murray need a variance for the 67-foot-building and associated setbacks on the site. ACRO/Murrayrepresentatives answered questions last month about the plan, but they also have said that some aspects of the plan have yet to be worked out.
Often heated testimony during two public hearings in February and April focused on the height of the building, whether the city needs more office space and many other issues. On Thursday, commissioners focused their discussion on the lack of green and public space, the function of an alley used for accessing the building and the best use of the property.
Chairman Darrell Whistler stated repeatedly that there seemed to be no vision for this part of the city, and that makes it difficult to evaluate the developer’s claims in comparison to the standards for granting the variation.
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