Indoor tennis club plan gets Plainfield’s OK
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent March 5, 2013 8:46AM
Updated: April 7, 2013 6:19AM
For those who enjoy playing tennis, they’ll no longer have to wait for warm weather to swing a racket.
The Plainfield Village Board on Monday approved the HBK Tennis Club project on Normantown Road south of 119th Street. The 45,484-square-foot indoor tennis facility will be constructed on six acres in unincorporated Will County. The site is north of the White Ash Farm residential development and the Normantown Equestrian Center. Ground breaking is likely to occur this year.
Village planner Michael Garrigan said one of the components of the development is the construction of 15 single-family custom homes, a concept plan proposal the board also approved Monday. As of now, the residential development featuring large estate lots is in conceptual stages only.
Garrigan said the applicant also plans to rezone a portion of the parcel to B-1 zoning, which is neighborhood convenience. Some of the permitted uses include a coffee shop or restaurant, retail, office space of 10,000 square feet or less, physical therapy, chiropractor, personal training, massage therapy, barber shop or beauty salon.
“The first phase of this project would include an indoor tennis club that would contain up to five indoor tennis courts, a prop shop, locker rooms and reception area,” he said.
Nancy Thatcher, who lives near the proposed development, said she is excited about the prospects of an indoor tennis club.
“I enjoy playing tennis, but it is hard when the weather gets cold,” she said. “Now, I can play whenever I want.”
Trustee Bill Lamb agreed that an indoor tennis club is needed in Plainfield.