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Geneva City Council OKs revised Delnor plan

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 6:46 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva aldermen Monday approved a revised plan to allow Delnor Hospital to adjust its planned unit development for vestibule footage and parking reconfiguation.

The restatement of the 2003 ordinance is the 11th time the hospital asked the City Council to allow an adjustment to the ordinance governing development of its 87-acre campus. The ordinance stems from a 1989 annexation agreement, according to city records.

“It allowed for administrative review of that plan,” Mayor Kevin Burns said. “This is simply an administrative action brought to the council for ratification. That’s it. Simple as that.”

The updated plan calls for a new entrance, lobby, vestibule and canopy. This will be accomplished by the demolition of 570 square feet of existing vestibule and in its place, construction of 1,460 square feet for a net increase of 890 square feet.

It also calls for reconfiguring stalls in Delnor’s south lot for convenient parking, officials said.

The city’s development staff said two reviews of the plans show they comply with city code and terms of the planned unit development.

The City Council vote was 8 yes, one abstention by 1st Ward Alderman Sam Hill and one absent because 5th Ward Alderman Ralph Dantino was not there.

Hill said he abstained because he was concerned about increased traffic on Keslinger Road at the entrance to Delnor, primarily eastbound toward Kaneville Road.

“I’ve been told there’s not enough traffic to justify stoplights,” Hill said. “In my opinion, it’s going to be an accident waiting to happen. I am looking into the future that there will be [lights], and hopefully it’s not caused by somebody being hit by an eastbound car on Keslinger coming out of the hospital.”

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