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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - March 31, 1974, Chicago Heights, Illinois Nursing Home project recommended by 3-2 vote by a 3-2 margin Chicago Heights plan commissioners voted wednesday to allow construction of a four Story nursing Home at 158-166 West 10th Sheet controversy concerning the nursing Home proposal has been brewing since january when the City a zoning Iward of appeals held a Public hearing on the matter. The nursing Home would be located West of the office building at Loio Dixie Highway on property owned by the Warbeck corporation which also owns the office building Morf than 150 residents of the neigh boyhood have signed a petition objecting to construction of the nursing Home on the site. Their reasons include past flooding problems As Well As parking and traffic concerns. Also the petitions signers do not think the nursing Home would be compatible with the neighbourhood. Wednesday marked the third time that the nursing Home proposal has been discussed at a plan commission meeting. Several weeks ago plan commissioners tabled the matter after questions were raised about the possible need for a second Public hearing on the toning request to consider whether parking should be allowed on the Side Yard area of the property. Richard Kozdras City planner told commissioners wednesday that another Public hearing would not be necessary since plans for the property had been changed and parking would be provided in the rear of the building Only. Also Kozdras indicated that the 1010 Dixie Highway buildings parking lot will to changed to allow for the Larking of 24 More cars. Try 10th Street site is currently zoned b-2 commercial and Warbeck corporation is asking for a change to r-5 Multi family residential with a special ise Lermit for a nursing Home. Proposed is a 222-bed, skill care facility. Developing the nursing Home will be s amp i engineering company which was represented wednesday by Sigmund Lefkovitz president. After listening to comments from residents at previous meetings Ifkovitz said that plans had been changed to include More landscaping and Green space on the site. Lefkovitz explained that the land behind the building will tie graded in order to develop a slope which will allow for the parking of cars. Expressing his opinions on the zoning question Kozdras pointed out that the property was already zoned commercial and the City would have Little control Over the property if the land was developed for b-2 commercial use such uses include ambulance services automobile service stations restaurants and Pawn shops. Kozdras commented that in terms continued on / Aye 4 a a Mut tvs Lune publication Chicago Heights Star want ads 755-9500 want ads 755-9500 news Skyline 5-6101 news Skyline 5-6161 74th year 64 pages-4 sections sunday March 31, 1974 15 cents per copy condominium units planners of pud proposal zoning change admiring Bloom High schools trophy for second place in the state basketball tournament Are left to right Noretta Tapp a student Alderman at Bloom by Cole of Cole Volkswagen inc., mrs. Lois Bull and mrs. Betty Foushi both of Chicago Heights. Photographer Phil paso took the picture during the Chicago Heights Community Day program last wednesday at the ugh school. South Chicago Heights residents will have an Opportunity to visit Bloom this wednesday. Community Day South Chicago Heights residents to visit Bloom residents of South Chicago Heights will be the guests of Bloom High school at the South Chicago Heights Community Day at Bloom wednesday. Village president Donald Prisco has proclaimed the week of april i to 5 South Chicago Heights week at Bloom As part of the event. Parents of elementary Junior High and High school students and other interested citizens have been invited to attend an informal reception and a tour of the facilities at both divisions of Bloom on wednesday during the Community Day Observance. Buses will Stop at convenient locations in South Chicago Heights to take visitors to the school. The purpose of the Community Day program at Bloom this Spring is to give More citizens a Chance to see their High school for themselves and to become More familiar with the wide variety of programs which Are available at Bloom. The Community Day idea grew out of concern about the surprising amount of misinformation about the High school which was revealed on a Parent questionnaire last fall. Members of the committee for Bloom reasoned if parents of Bloom students were not informed about the High school other citizens in the communities which eld students to Bloom must also Lack first hand information. For the week set aside for Sou to Chicago Heights student aldermen from this Community will display pictures trophies and other objects to better acquaint their fire destroys City police a canine vehicle the Chicago Heights police departments canine vehicle was destroyed by fire Early Friday morning while it was parked at Hahn it Coe 1247 Chicago Road Chicago Heights police said that the 1971 four door station Wagon was in flames when they arrived on the scene the vehicles lights and radio had been removed for repairs. Recently the City Council authorized the Purchase of a new canine vehicle and bids Are currently being accepted City officials had been planning to Trade in the 1971 station Wagon. The new vehicle will have four wheel drive. Police said that they did not know what caused the fire but the possibility of arson was timing investigated fellow students with South Chicago Heights. Thus the Community Day program will serve a dual information purpose. These same student aldermen from South Chicago Heights will also be responsible for leading the tour of the Bloom facilities on wednesday. The student Council aldermen from South Chicago Heights at the Sophomore Junior senior division Are sue Baikauskas Debbie Brown Sandy Desalvo Ruby Miller Jane Nehnevay and Teresa Spagnola. The freshmen aldermen Are Tirol Consorti and Becky Schel Hom. Three South Chicago Heights residents have joined the Community Day committee to help plan wednesdays program. They Are Andy Roberts and Billie Gromala both representing Grant school District 163 Board of education has made a series of slides demonstrating the need for the repair Bond issues to be voted upon on april 13 at the same time residents vote to fill vacancies on the school Board. Absentee ballots for the election and repair Bond issues will be ready for mailing on voting in person on wednesday. Applications for ballots to be mailed Are now available at the District office application forms will be mailed to voters if they Telephone the Board clerk or pick them up at the District office 242 South Orchard drive from 8 . To noon and i to 4 . Monday through Friday. April 8 is the final Day for applying for Absentee ballots by mad. April to is the last Day for applying for them in person. In reference to the series of slides. Mrs. Juanita Simpson chairman of the Board planning committee said a a tour of the schools is the Best Way to see the need for the repair Bond Issue our schools Are showing the aging process and we need to improve them and make sure they meet our standards for health safety and appearance a the slide presentation demonstrates the problems of Muddy playgrounds that need improved drainage poorly lighted school and Barbara Schelhorn representing Sauk View school. Buses will begin picking up South Chicago Heights residents for Community Day at about 8 50 . At the Corner of Willow and Chestnut a regular school bus Stop. Other bus stops will be at the jewel parking lot at Sauk Trail and Chicago Road the South Chicago Heights Village Hall at 2729 Jackson and the supermarket parking lot at 26th Street and Chicago Road. At the request of the Grant school representatives the South Chicago Heights Community Day program will make special provision for Spanish speaking residents of the Community who May wish to join the tour of the High school facilities. Flyers in Spanish will be distributed to students from Spanish speaking families at that school and two Spanish speaking con if used on poor 4 hallways leaking roofs curtain Walls that need replacement and other items. Superintendent Ivan Baker said that the average school is 20 years old and roofs sidewalks and roots Are wearing out he indicated that the 6500,000 Bond Issue will Cost the average Home owner 65 per year and that no increase in the Overall tax Bill for schools for 1975 will be forthcoming. Baker said that the Cost of maintaining the schools in Good repair would be spread out Over about 15 years and should be viewed As an investment in the Community. The Ita coordinating Council and the Board of education Are jointly sponsoring school meetings for the candidates and repair Bond Issue i vocations and dates of the meetings Are Westwood elementary school tomorrow Dogwood on tuesday Sauk Trail on wednesday Wildwood on thursday and Lakewood on april to. Meetings will begin at 8 ., except Dogwood which will Start at 7 30 . An explanation of the repair Bond Issue followed by a question and answer session will be presented. Candidates will outline their platforms and will take written question As Well As questions from the Roor a 64.7 million planned unit development pud proposal and a request for a zoning change on behalf of John Maier and company Sheet Metal firm gained unanimous approval wednesday night from the Chicago Heights plan commission. The planned unit development Calls for the construction of 168 condominium units on an i shaped piece of property which wraps around commissioners Park at the Southeast Corner of Chicago and Holbrook roads. The Rondoll plums would sell for about 628,000 each and consist of two bedroom units in two Story and three Story buildings. The project has a landscaping budget of 6600 a unit according to Martin Francis an architect for Duane e. Linden amp associates inc. Prior to approval by the plan commission Francis and the developers agreed to several recommendations by Richard Kozdras City planner. These recommendations included providing a meeting room for the proposed condominium association and installing sidewalks along Holbrook and Chicago roads. Showing photographs and maps describing landscaping possibilities Francis said that he intends to provide a great Deal of landscape work around the edges of the buildings. A the idea is to present a rustic and warm appearance a Francis said the John mater and company Sheet Metal zoning request concerned a two acre site on the Southeast Corner of Lith Street and Washington Avenue. The property was zoned r-2 residential i when the new zoning ordinance took effect. However the land is located in an Industrial area with its rear Yard facing the Pagosa junk Yard property. The junk Yard is zoned r-2 residential also and is operating As a nonconforming use. Attorney Joseph Perozzi representing the Sheet Metal company said that an my limited manufacturing classification is being requested the Sale of the property reportedly hinges on the granting of the zoning change. Currently the John Maier and company Sheet Metal firm is located at 1640 Chicago Road in the downtown redevelopment Section of the City. The company has conducted business in Chicago Heights for More than 40 years. Perozzi said that there is a truck route on Washington Avenue in that area Oscar Santostefano plan commission chairman said that perhaps the general land use plan for that area should be changed. He said that maybe such action should be taken at a future meeting. Kozdras recon needed that a Fence or some sort of screening should be placed at the rear of the Lith and Washington property to separate the land from the junk Yard As Well As the possible development of a Park or Homes in the future Perozzi agreed to Kozdras suggestion and subsequently the plan commission voted in favor of granting the zoning change. In other action at the plan commission meeting members delayed a new garbage pickup Days a map indicating the five zones for the revised garbage pickup schedule that starts tomorrow in c hic ago Heights appears on Page two. Tion pending further study on two separate requests concerning the vacation and Sale of Alley property in the City. Two neighbors appeared at the meeting to explain one of the requests which involved a Small unpaved Alley near 18th Street and Chicago Road. Although the neighbors appeared to be Friendly they disagreed Over the Issue of vacating the Al the West Hickory organization received permission wednesday night from Chicago Heights school District 170 Board of education to erect a Fence around the playground at Wilson school the Board also voted to endorse school attorney Anthony Scariano s proposal to notify a heating unit manufacturer of suit proceedings within 30 Days if that company does not comply with a request to replace a rooftop unit at Grant school. After studying recommendations from the West Hickory organization and principal Clarence Helmrath the Board gave the citizens group the go ahead signal to install a five foot High Cyclone Fence around the Wilson school playground 16th place and Wilson Avenue members of the organization made the request to install the Fence at their expense earlier this year saying they were concerned about the safety and Well being Ley which one of them uses to enter his garage. Kozdras was instructed to review the situation. Meanwhile the plan commissions recommendations concerning the Lith and Washington site and the condominium project Are scheduled to be reviewed wednesday by the zoning Board of appeals. Of their children. President William Ger Retti of the West Hickory group said a Survey for possible pledges had already been taken and a contractor had been consulted on prices the Board has been trying to resolve the matter of the rooftop heating unit at Grant school for about four years after discovering the one installed was not the one ordered Rheem manufacturing company of Alabama has offered to install a preheated unit to bring the existing unit up to specifications but the Board of education did not accept the offer. Instead members have insisted the present unit be replaced with proper warrantees in accordance with the original plans and specifications within 30 Days a failing to do so the Board of education will then have the proper unit installed the existing unit removed with the necessary roof repairs. The Board will then proceed con tits tied on pug a 4 inside the Star today big and a bad once again the Star sports stall picks an All area basketball team. This year s is big and a bad Quot which Means Good As the article explains on Page c-3 artistic spoonful from knives to necklaces Silver tableware has taken a new twist and turned into fashion jewelry. Page b j. School Energy shortage How much of an Energy shortage is there in High schools the question is explored in the review of an education article pug c l Golden gala the music of Art modes jazz lavish victorian decor and a a glistening Gold theme add up to a promising concoction Lor in a Golden gala 74m dinner dance details of the upcoming event Are on Page b-4 Page classified advertising. Business directory 0 4 Brough 19 dining entertainment guide c to through la especially for women b 3 through i a Page editorials. A to Tho hot Corner c 3 movies. C to King Arthur s court it 14 obituaries. Al sports c 3 through i Bond Issue sought for improvements Wilson Fence plea approved by District 170 in i

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