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Government

Downers Grove Village Council delays dog day care vote

Neighbors voice concerns about noise of outdoor play area

Downers Grove commissioners will wait at least one week before voting on a proposal to build a dog boarding and day care facility in the former Walgreens on Lemont Road.
Downers Grove commissioners will wait at least one week before voting on a proposal to build a dog boarding and day care facility in the former Walgreens on Lemont Road.

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove commissioners will wait at least one week before voting on a proposal to build a dog boarding and day care facility in the former Walgreens on Lemont Road.

“There’s been a request by the petitioner to delay any action on that request until next week at the earliest,” Mayor Martin Tully said at the May 9 Village Council meeting.

The proposal was presented by Pete and Mac’s Pet Resort, a Mesa, Ariz.-based company with similar facilities in Arizona, Missouri and Kansas. The company is seeking a special-use permit to include cat and dog boarding and dog day care at the facility at 7221 Lemont Road.

The delay comes one week after the plan was met with strong opposition at the May 2 Village Council meeting by a group of residents who live near the Downers Park Plaza.

Residents who live in the community adjacent to the strip mall especially were concerned about plans for an outdoor play area that could accommodate about 30 dogs.

They argued that continual barking would disrupt their way of life and reduce property values.

Resident Marvin Schaar, who on May 2 presented the council with a petition signed by 179 residents who oppose the plan, said he and his neighbors would support a proposal that did not include the outdoor play area.

“We wouldn’t have an objection,” Schaar said. “We’ll read the petitioner’s revised plan very carefully.”

He added that bringing a new business to the vacated Walgreens would be a positive for the community.

Representatives from the company did not attend the May 9 meeting.

Tully said the company likely was reworking its proposal before returning to the council for consideration.

The company’s initial proposal did not include changes to the exterior of the building other than moving the entrance from the west to the north side of the building.

The outdoor play area would be surrounded by a 6-foot fence, and sound baffles would be installed to reduce the sound of barking. The play area would be behind the building and face homes on Main Street.

Bryan Spain, CEO of Pete and Mac’s, previously said the ability to take dogs outside for play and exercise is a feature that sets Pete and Mac’s apart from competitors.

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