Hobart commission OKs site plan for TradeWinds
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent January 3, 2013 11:54PM
A sign announces the future home of a Tradewinds facility on 83rd Place in Hobart. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:31AM
HOBART — The Plan Commission has given site plan approval to the future home of TradeWinds Services Inc., provided several stipulations are met.
Stipulations outlined last week include a review of two structures and bonding for a right of way, among other issues.
The agency, which helps special needs adults and children through various programs and employment opportunities, hopes to move into its new building at Colorado Street and 83rd Place this fall, CEO Jon Gold said.
“This will give us a lot of opportunity for expansion,” Gold said.
The agency had hoped to begin renovations on the existing 55,000-square-foot building in December. However, Jeff Ban, an engineer and TradeWinds board member, last month requested a deferral on Plan Commission action until the meeting last week, saying there were several issues that needed to be worked out between the city and the agency.
Ban said most of those issues, including ownership of the retention pond and drainage issues, have been resolved.
Assistant city engineer Jake Dammarell said the property meets all the stormwater requirements, and city planner A.J. Bytnar said landscaping requirements were met as well.
The agency needs to remodel the building to make it complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Renovations are expected to cost about $3 million, according to Gold.
The agency also hopes to construct a second floor to the building, which would add another 12,000 square feet.
In other matters, the commission approved a proposed 70-foot by 80-foot storage building for Southlake Auto Body, 7991 Clay St.
Bytnar said given the fact that the auto body shop is on 10 acres, the new building won’t have much of an impact on neighbors.