Public hearings on hot-button proposals continue Wednesday in DeKalb

August 8, 2018

DeKALB – Public hearings for two hot-button zoning requests – one for a video gambling business and the other for a brand-new Hilton hotel – will continue during the Wednesday night Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Brad Coppens has petitioned for a special use permit to operate Maisy’s, a video gambling café at 850-852 S. Fourth St. Northern Illinois Hotels LLC wants to build a four-story, 90-room Home2 Suites hotel on a 2.87-acre lot on the southwest corner of South Annie Glidden Road and Knolls Avenue South.

Both proposals received pushback from residents from the outset of their public hearings.

On July 5, commission Chairwoman Christina Doe expressed concern that because Maisy’s would be open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, beer and wine could be sold while children are walking past to get to Founders Elementary School at 821 S. Seventh St.

Nancy Teboda, executive director of the Children’s Learning Center, 905 S. Fourth St., also expressed concern.

Proximity to children also came up as a concern with the proposed hotel during the hearing that began July 19, with resident Dawn Flippin saying customers won’t have to indicate whether they’re registered sex offenders, and the hotel would be near a playground.

About two dozen people attended that meeting, some of them concerned about traffic, stormwater runoff, declining residential property values and harm to wildlife.

Pramit Patel, who owns the Hampton Inn on Annie Glidden Road, would manage the new hotel, and said it will target corporate customers – ideal for its location near Northern Illinois University and Interstate 88.

The commission meets at 6 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

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