Hobart nursing home expansion OK held up by site plan
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent July 6, 2014 10:54PM
Updated: July 7, 2014 2:03AM
HOBART — The plan commission approved two requests and tabled a third, all of which are needed for Sebo’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to expand its current building and parking lot.
Earl Goldberg, a consulting engineer for Sebo’s, said the expansion of the building in the 4000 block of 49th Avenune will be for general facilities.
He did not have information on the size or cost of the expansion at last week’s meeting, but told the commission the facility hoped to break ground in September.
City Planner Sergio Mendoza said Sebo’s purchased property to the east of its current site.
The commission approved a one-lot subdivision and rezoning from conditional use to business. A request for site plan review was tabled because Goldberg didn’t have revised plans with him.
Goldberg said they originally were going to have room for 66 additional parking spaces, but decided they only need half that number for employees and guests.
“The likelihood of a residential development in that area is very unlikely. I think this is a very good fit,” Councilman John Brezik, D-5th, and plan commission chair, said.
In other matters, the commission approved another step needed for Becknell Industrial of Lyons, Illinois, to build a 163,000-square-foot speculative building and a proposed construction rental facility in its NorthWind Crossings industrial park at Marcella and 61st Avenue.
Becknell representative Terry Levin assured the commission that the outside storage area for the construction site equipment that would be housed at Sunbelt Rentals would be enclosed by a fence with dense landscaping and screening.
“It’s mainly construction site equipment, but the booms will be down,” Levin said.
He said the company decided to build another spec building due to increased activity at the park.
“Our current spec building has three spaces remaining and six companies looking at it,” Levin said.
He said the new building would be prepared for three units, but could go to four units.
Brezik noted that the park is growing and Becknell may need to look at a cooperative effort with the city to improve traffic at Marcella and 61st.
Levin said Becknell put money toward improving Marcella as part of the original traffic study that in an escrow account.
Ronald and Dona Zavesky received a one-lot subdivision approval, changing what was once to be a 19-lot subdivision into a single, 13-acre lot for a single-family home they plan to build at 34th Lane and St. Joseph Place.
Gralik said the sanitary district benefits from the change because it will be less strain on the system, adding he questioned whether some of the 19 lots were actually buildable.