North Central College To Buy Little Friends Property:
North Central College will be buying the property and buildings currently owned by Little Friends, enabling the non-profit to move to a new facility in Warrenville. When Little Friends began exploring the possibility of moving to a new location, they contacted the college to see if they had interest in the land on Wright Street, just two blocks east of campus. The purchase fit into their program and facility needs nicely, and the college hopes to close the transaction by late fall of next year. The land actually once was the college’s: they had owned it beginning in 1945, leasing it to Little Friends starting in 1975, until the human services agency bought the 4-acre property in 1989. Little Friends serves more than 800 children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout eight counties in Northern Illinois. They’re looking at opening their new facility near the intersection of Diehl Road and Mill Street
Rezoning Near AMC Showplace:
The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved rezoning of two in-lots near the AMC Movie Theatre on Route 59 from commercial to medium density residential. The owner of the lots, First National Bank of Brookfield, requested rezoning, as the lots have been vacant for over 15 years with no developer picking them up. They believe residential zoning will encourage someone to buy the lots and develop them. There are currently no plans for what could be built, and any new residential development would still have to be approved by the Plan Commission and City Council before building can begin.
Adopt A Grandparent:
Troops of girl scouts delivered cheer to the seniors at Martin Avenue Apartments last night as part of the annual “Adopt a Grandparent” event. The scouts sang carols and delivered gift bags with beanie babies, socks, drawings, and personal care products to every resident at Martin Avenue. This is the fourth year of the program, which was started by Naperville resident and NCTV17 board member Wendy Hayum-Gross.
NCC Track and Cross County Honored:
The North Central College men’s track and cross country programs were recognized as the Division III program of the year this week. The Cardinals finished as the national runner up in outdoor track and field in the spring and won the national championship for the third straight season in cross country last month.
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