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Affordable housing, new church get initial OK in McHenry

McHENRY – A church hoping to relocate, a new restaurant wanting to add outdoor seating and a nonprofit planning on building affordable housing for veterans all got the go-ahead from the McHenry Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission had a lengthy meeting Thursday evening, but all three hearings resulted in unanimous recommendations to the City Council, Deputy City Administrator Doug Martin said.

Concerns were raised during the public comment period for two of the projects.

TLS Veterans plans to build three, eight-unit apartment buildings at the southeast corner of Route 120 and Ridge Road.

The nonprofit already provides transitional housing in Hebron, but the McHenry apartments would used as permanent affordable housing.

Residents raised concerns over well and septic at the site, which was located outside the city limits until the City Council annexed it earlier this month, as well as traffic issues, Martin said.

The current infrastructure should be able to handle the project, he said.

Questions also were raised by some of The Chapel’s potential new neighbors, Martin said.

They asked about how improvements at 414 S. Crystal Lake Road – the site the church is hoping to move to from the space it’s been renting at McHenry East High School – would affect neighboring properties.

They wouldn’t, Martin said.

The commission also gave the go-ahead to Buffalo Wild Wings, which hopes to open a location at 3343 Shoppers Drive before the 2014 Super Bowl.

All three recommendations need to go to the City Council for final approval.

Martin is shooting for the Aug. 19 meeting, but because of the length of Thursday’s meeting, it might take longer to prepare the paperwork and minutes for the council.

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