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Hindu temple proposed for vacant property in Lake in the Hills

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A Hindu temple is proposed for a vacant Lake in the Hills property that used to be a church.

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Midwest Inc. applied for a conditional religious use for 1300 Cunat Court, interim Community Development Director Fred Mullard said.

The property is zoned for a multifamily dwelling district and previously was Crossway Church and social service agency Northern Illinois Center for Autism.

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Midwest Inc. is the Midwest organization of the BAPS denomination of the Hindu religion, headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey. It serves as a “spiritual and volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service,” according to village documents.

The organization previously rented space from the village and held religious services at Village Hall for the past seven years while looking for a permanent space.

“This will give them a more permanent space that they can use on a regular basis and will give them a bigger ability to complete programs and serve the public,” Mullard said. “It will help give them a level of permanence, and they won’t have to vacate everything and take everything down at the end of the evening at Village Hall.”

The facility will be used from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and Sunday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

There are no proposed plans to make physical changes to the property.

Events held at the temple will include religious classes, prayer ceremonies, scripture readings, dining and occasional community service activities, such as blood donation drives and walkathons to support charities.

Outdoor athletic facilities and parking lots are between the building and residential homes that will help buffer noise, according to the application. The temple will be used at nonpeak traffic hours.

The conditional use request was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 13 and will be voted on by the Village Board on Dec. 14, Mullard said.

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