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Large home in Plainfield commercial district gets special residential use

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 10:50 p.m. CST

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield Village Board approved several property-related items at a meeting Monday night.

One of the first homes visible when crossing the railroad tracks heading south on Route 126 into the village will receive up to $50,000 in repairs.

On Monday, the board approved special use for the property at 23904 W. Main St., located at the intersection of Route 126 – also called Main Street in that area – and Michigan Street, which was at one time a home day care.

The special use allows a two-family living arrangement in a business zoning district. The applicant, Christina Tyrell, had a signed contract to buy the property contingent on the board’s approval. The property features an old, more than 5,000-square-foot home converted into a multi-family dwelling.

Tyrell’s daughter intends to live in one unit and the other unit would be rented. Tyrell intends to renovate the neglected property at a cost of up to $50,000, according to village documents.

“That would be such a good thing for that busy corner to have this building repaired and fixed,” Trustee Margie Bonuchi said in a YouTube video of the meeting posted by the village.

Village Planner Jon Proulx said the applicant was directed to seek special use by staff, rather than to pursue a full rezoning to residential. The village’s comprehensive plan pegs commercial development as the ideal use for the property, but the market isn’t there yet.

“[Special use would] allow for the residential use without removing the commercial potential either now or in the future,” Proulx said in the video.

There were previously two families living in the house, but the property lost its special use privilege when it became vacant. Trustee Bill Lamb noted the new property owner has said she’d cooperate with redevelopment if the demand arises.

“We get something that’s a whole lot better than what we have right now,” Lamb said in the video.

Trustee Ed O’Rourke voted against the special use. He said he was concerned with the intent of the comprehensive plan, which labels the area in which the property is located as a business district. Trustee Brian Wojowski was absent.

The board also approved:

• A special use for a beauty and nail salon at 12443 S. Route 59, known as European Beauty Lounge LLC.

• A rezoning of 15233 S. Joliet Road, where Route 30 – also called Joliet Road in that area – meets Route 59, from residential to business.

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