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Government

Elmhurst City Council moves toward approving 3rd extension for Redeemer Lutheran project

Elmhurst's Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., is seeking city approval of a third extension for its proposed facility improvements project.
Elmhurst's Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., is seeking city approval of a third extension for its proposed facility improvements project.

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst City Council unanimously approved a Development, Planning and Zoning Committee report June 4 in favor of allowing Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elmhurst to have its third extension on its proposed facility improvements project.

The 12 aldermen present approved the report as part of the consent agenda, asking the city attorney to draw up paperwork they will approve at a future City Council meeting.

The church has requested a six-month 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.

"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 at 345 S. Kenilworth Ave. is in a position to start the project, Inskeep said in the letter.

Redeemer Lutheran Church President David Hanni said June 5 the church is going back over the costs of the project, looking at the situation and determining how it will proceed.

"We're basically trying to figure out what we can do that fits within the pretty severe constraints that the city has put us under," he said. "We haven't decided on what the next step is at all, and that may take us a few more weeks to do that."

The Development, Planning and Zoning Committee recommended approval of the request for the extension at its May 29 meeting.

Alderwoman Noel Talluto, who serves on the committee, said after the May 29 meeting the committee usually grants extensions.

The church also received extensions at the May 15, 2017, and Nov. 6, 2017, City Council meetings.

With a 9-5 vote April 16, the 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.

Alderman Michael Honquest and alderwoman Tina Park were absent from the June 4 meeting.

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