TradeWinds has issues with some Hobart requirements for new building
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent December 7, 2012 11:26AM
Guests gather in a portion of the new Tradewinds facility in Hobart Thursday evening a kickoff to the upcoming renovations. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:07AM
HOBART — Representatives for TradeWinds Services Inc. Thursday requested that the Plan Commission defer voting on the agency’s remodeling plans for its new building at Colorado Street and 83rd Place while some issues are worked out between the city and the agency.
“We submitted our site plan a few weeks ago, but we’re not quite at the point of being ready,” said Jeff Ban, a board member of the social agency that helps special needs adults and children through programs and employment opportunities. He also is engineer for this project.
He asked that the matter be deferred until the board’s Jan. 3 meeting.
Ban expressed concerns about several requests made by city staff regarding the project, some of which he said would result in excessive cost for the not-for-profit agency.
He said the city has called a driveway that runs parallel to 83rd Place a frontage road and wants it built to city standards and has required a concrete curb to be installed along Colorado Street. Drainage is another issue.
Ban said they couldn’t make the driveway wider than it is and called the curb request an expensive item.
“That would require about 400 feet of new curb. I think that is an extraordinary request given that it has not been implemented by other developments in the neighborhood,” Ban said.
Plan member Dan Waldrop said the curb seems to be uncalled for. He said it could trap water and could be damaged by snowplows since it would be the only curb in that area, which is mostly industrial.
Plan member Stuart Allen said TradeWinds needs to show how it plans to drain water. He also would like sidewalks added if there would be any foot traffic to the agency.
Ban said clients are transported to the site in a bus.
At an open house last week, TradeWinds CEO Jon Gold said the agency hoped to start the $3 million interior renovation to the 55,000-square-foot building this month and finish in fall 2013. He said the extensive remodeling would make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Other zoning matters
The Speedway gas station at 4733 W. 61st Ave. received approval to remodel and add on to its current building and to use a portable trailer as part of its operation during the process, with the stipulation that the trailer be removed upon completion of the work.
Mike Lee, construction specialist for Speedway, said the addition would be 400 feet. Lee said he would like to start construction next week and it would take six to seven weeks to complete.
Petitioner Santiago Vaca received a favorable recommendation for rezoning to allow him to open a brake and muffler shop at St. Joseph Place and Ridge Road.
A request for a proposed billboard at the northwest corner of Colorado Street and 81st Avenue will be forwarded to the City Council with no recommendation from the Plan Commission due to a lack of a motion.