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Government

Elmhurst committee recommends approval of Redeemer Lutheran Church project delay

The Elmhurst Development, Planning and Zoning Committee recommends approval of a six-month extension on the start date for Redeemer Lutheran Church's project to sell buildable lots and reconfigure its parking lot to pay for facility improvements.
The Elmhurst Development, Planning and Zoning Committee recommends approval of a six-month extension on the start date for Redeemer Lutheran Church's project to sell buildable lots and reconfigure its parking lot to pay for facility improvements.

ELMHURST – Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elmhurst has requested a delay in the start date for its project that will involve selling buildable lots and reconfiguring its parking lot to pay for facility improvements, such as making the church more handicap accessible.

Elmhurst's Development, Planning and Zoning Committee recommended approval of the request for a six-month extension at its May 29 meeting.

The matter will now go before the Elmhurst City Council on June 4.

"The church is not in a position to start the project at this time," Redeemer Lutheran Church attorney Richard Inskeep said in a letter dated May 21.

It may be another "six months or so" before the church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., is in a position to start the project, Inskeep said in the letter.

Redeemer Lutheran Church President David Hanni could not immediately be reached for comment.

Alderwoman Noel Talluto, who serves on the committee, said after the meeting the committee usually grants extensions.

With a 9-5 vote April 16, the Elmhurst City Council had approved a report regarding Redeemer Lutheran Church's application for a conditional-use permit to reconfigure its parking lot and sell buildable lots.

At that time, the church's application still needed to go before the City Council for final approval. Mayor Steve Morley had said April 16 there would be five separate ordinances to approve: an amended conditional-use permit, three variations and the subdivision of the property to allow for the housing parcels that would be sold.

Before ordinance approval, the church would need to submit a landscaping plan incorporating neighborhood input that includes screening for the relocated parking lot and the proposed land-banked parking lots. The church also would need to have final engineering plans, including stormwater calculations for both the relocated parking lot and the proposed land-banked parking lots, approved before the ordinance approval.

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