Local Issues Director: Karen Gorz, The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn
Our chapter of the League follows major issues of interest to our membership; each area is the responsibility of a local issues director. They track legislation and items of particular timely interest. Our Observer Corps attends meetings to report back to the board and members on key issues.
LATEST REPORT: January, 2019
Local Affairs Report
On Monday, January 8, the Plan Commission voted unanimously to approve the project called Apex 400, by GSP Development, and 400 LLC. If approved by the Village Board, the project will cover 8844 Sq. Ft., includes 107 apartments, a two story garage, one for the apartments, and the ground floor parking open to the public, with a net gain of 11 spaces. It is estimated that it would require 18-24 months to develop the site.
There was an over-flow crowd, with not only every seat in the Galligan Board room filled, but also the two rooms on either side of the Galligan Board were also filled. The meeting was broadcast to both of those rooms. Approximately 25 people spoke. Of the speakers, the majority were opposed to the project. Some random unedited comments, many of which were repeated again and again, and in no special order:
Too much density and too much additional traffic.
The loss of the down-town character.
Is the Village prepared to take care of a garage which they will own, when they do not own the building over the garage.
The Downtown Alliance supports the project.
Many spoke to the fact that they had moved to Glen Ellyn specifically because of the small town feel and aesthetics they feel are being lost with this project.
This could be the loss of an opportunity to honor Glen Ellyn’s Landmark status.
It’s out of style, out of scale, out of character, and a Trojan Horse, when considering the many variations requested.
This could be the loss of a unique opportunity to have a public square on the site.
Too massive a project, for the Village gateway, too large and too high.
Don’t resist progress, preservation meets progress.
Numerous St. Petronille concerns re the 500 children,elderly residents and traffic.
It is projected that the project will bring in $400,000 in taxes annually, versus the $24,000 now being received for the site.
After several hours of community in-put, the Plan Commission discussed the project, and voted unanimously in favor, to send it to the Village Board for their consideration.
Submitted By: Karen Gorz
All of the meetings and agenda details are on-line on the village website, villageofglenellyn.org.