Naperville Now 07-20-17

Planning and Zoning Approves Avenida

The Avenida Senior Living center proposed at the corner of Mill Street and Commons Road was approved at last night’s Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting. It was January when the proposal for the development first came before the commission, where it was met with some resistance from residents due to concerns about height, density, and parking, among others. Avenida has since worked to address those issues, taking steps such as reducing the number of units to 146 as well as reducing the building footprint. Though some variances are necessary to allow more units and less parking than code allows, the commission approved the project due to its nature as a senior age-restricted community. It now goes to council for a vote.

 

Library Board Supports Building

Also yesterday, the Naperville Public Library Board voted to post a letter on the library website stating their support for efforts to preserve the old Nichols Library building. The 119-year old structure is currently owned by Avram Builders, which has plans to replace the building with a 4-story mixed-use development. Developer Dwight Abrams says he will incorporate parts of the former library, including the front façade into his design, but area preservationists want more, and are fighting to have the building declared a local landmark. The library’s letter of support for landmark status will be sent to city council as well.

 

FEMA Grant

The City of Naperville and Aurora will soon be better prepared to respond to coordinated terrorist attacks thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant, which will be doled out over three years, was awarded to the cities to be used by police officers, firefighters and emergency management personnel to coordinate training, planning and exercises to enhance response in the event of a terrorist attack.

 

Harmer at Brine All-American

Neuqua Valley boys lacrosse player Griffin Harmer is spending the week in Virginia at the National Lacrosse Classic. The Wildcats sophomore was selected as a Brine All-American and will represent Team Illinois in the tournament. The 6’3 defenseman helped Neuqua to an 18-4 record and a trip to the state semi finals this spring. Lacrosse begins its first season as an official IHSA sport in 2018.

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