BY BOB LOGAN
FRANKLIN GROVE — The Franklin Grove Zoning Board of Appeals met Thursday night with three issues on the table for discussion. A report of those discussions will be filed with the full village board on Monday, Oct. 14, at a public hearing and at its regular board meeting.
Lisa Lanz attended the meeting to represent Chicago based Universal Real Estate Acquisition, LLC, a group of investors seeking a variance to renovate the house at 409 N. State Street into a commercial bed and breakfast facility.
A number of neighbors to the property were present to support the use of the home as a bed and breakfast and the adjacent landowners, Howard and Beth Schumacher attended with a list of questions concerning expectations and impacts if the bed and breakfast is approved. One particular request by the Schumachers was that a privacy fence be built along their property line to shield their private residence from the travel accomodations facility.
Lanz outlined the plans for operation stating that their intention was to be open for business in May 2015. She said the house dates from 1875, and as much as possible they would like to restore it to its original grandeur.
The second issue the board discussed was a home foundation built in 2007, owned by Jesse Hardy, that was begun and subsequently work stopped when both personal finances and the genreal economy ground to a halt and money dried up. The zoning board of appeals appeared to be willing to work with Hardy to get things going again.
Zoning Officer Bob Logan met with Hardy at the site on Friday afternoon to work out a proposal to take back to the board at their next regularly scheduled meeting. The plan calls for Hardy to present a proposal to finish the house, a variance to be granted regarding the type of lot the house is built on, clear access drawings, and a conditional building permit to be issued to allow progress to resume.
In final matters, the board discussed the use of the lot adjacent to Atkinson Trucking for the purpose of parking trucks and trailers on that parcel as an extension of their business operations on the corner of north State Street and Illinois Route 38. Atkinson Trucking owns the property, but the property is currently zoned R-2, Multi Family Residential, which would require a variance to be used for its intnded purpose.
Atkinson Trucking is weighing its options to either apply for a variance or to apply for rezoning of the parcel to Industrial. A specific variance for the intended use was the consensus recommendation of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The board also approved a monthly meeting schedule for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on the first Thursday of each month beginning in November and continue throug April during months when there is business to discuss. They will meet in the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwised scheduled. On months when there is business to be discussed an agenda will be posted not less than 48 hours before the meeting to indicate issues to be discussed.