Couple agree to historic district rules
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent September 17, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:23PM
A Plainfield couple has received village board approval to make improvements to their house in the historic district, after they agreed to a compromise from their original plans.
Trustees on Monday night cleared the way for Chuck and Kathy Zimmerman to make repairs to the exterior of their house, 24215 W. Lockport St., in keeping with village guidelines for homes and buildings in the downtown historic district.
The Zimmermans had wanted to replace their Cape Cod-style home’s clapboard exterior with vinyl siding and the original windows throughout the house with vinyl windows.
Village planner Michael Garrigan said the village’s historic preservation commission had recommended against the proposal because it was not consistent with the historic district’s regulations, which do not allow vinyl siding.
Garrigan said a village staff inspection found that the existing clapboard material is not beyond repair and should be replaced with clapboard. He acknowledged that some “adjacent buildings have vinyl siding, but (it was installed) prior to the creation of a downtown historic district.”
After discussions with village staff, the Zimmermans agreed to retain the clapboard exterior, maintain the existing windows facing Lockport Street and along the west side of the house and replace the windows on the east and rear sides with vinyl-clad windows.
“The compromise will preserve the historic and architectural heritage of this building ... which generally defines the character of the building,” Garrigan said.
In another building issue Monday, the village board approved a special use zoning permit for Life Touch Church to hold services in an office building in a light-industrial park.
Life Touch has been operating an office in the building, 24119 Riverwalk Court, for several years and now wants to use a 2,500-square-foot suite for church services on Sunday mornings and Bible study on Wednesday evenings.
Garrigan told the board that the proposed use would not conflict with other businesses in the building. He said other small churches hold services in commercial buildings in Plainfield, citing such use in Dayfield Commons and Plainfield Small Business Park.
“Based on current trends, staff anticipates that more and more non-conventional uses will be occupying conventional commercial and light-industrial spaces,” he said.“There continues to be a surplus of commercial and light-industrial space in the village, and the community will have to be more creative if there is any hope of getting these structures fully occupied.”