The Forest Park Village Council held a largely uneventful meeting Monday night, speeding through an agenda filled mostly with residential zoning matters in well under 30 minutes with a series of unanimous votes.
Some of the highlights were as follows:
• The council followed the recommendations of the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), voting to approve a plan for a 13,028-square-foot addition to Consolidated Auto, located at 1045 Desplaines Ave.
In order to build the addition, the auto repair shop would need to reduce its parking availability to 64 spaces, as opposed to the 152 spaces normally required. A recommendation from village staff to the council noted that 64 spaces is adequate for the business since most of the inner space is used to repair and park cars.
• The council approved a variation allowing Weinstein Wholesale Meats, which is planning to open at 7501 Industrial Drive, to expand an existing automobile parking area and to construct a new parking area for its semi-trailer trucks.
• The village followed the recommendation of the ZBA to approve a plan for the construction of a four-story, four-unit condominium building at 212 Marengo Ave.
The project would require a map amendment changing the zoning of the property from R-2 medium density residential to R-3 high density residential, and also requires a variance increasing the property’s allowed lot coverage from 40 percent to 53 percent.
The Zoning Board of Appeals denied property owner Mariano Mollo’s request at its Sept. 19, 2005 meeting, but after some revisions were made, the Plan Commission approved the project on Feb. 6.
A recommendation from village staff to the council noted that the property “is contiguous to property to the north that is currently zoned R-3,” and states that Mollo’s plans are consistent with the character of the neighborhood.
• The council appointed David McNeilly, a resident of Jackson Boulevard, to the library board, replacing Susan Bale, who resigned in January.
McNeilly holds a master’s degree in Library Science from Dominican University (formerly Rosary College).