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Residents question Kiva Recovery’s effect on property values

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 7:01 a.m. CST

CAMPTON HILLS – A property impact study was at the center of a fifth public hearing concerning a special-use permit proposal for Kiva Recovery – a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

More than 200 people gathered Monday at the former Glenwood School – the site of the proposed Kiva Recovery facility – for a public hearing at the Campton Hills Plan Commission meeting, where residents asked questions about how the facility might affect their property values.

The property impact report, conducted in August by Collinsville-based Poletti & Associates Inc., concluded that Kiva Recovery would not negatively affect home values in the immediate vicinity.

Abe Andrzejewski, a Campton Hills resident who opposes the facility locating to Glenwood School, questioned the reliability of the report conducted by appraiser Peter Poletti.

Poletti said by law, he has to work independently from the firms that hire him. He disclosed that Kiva Recovery paid $15,000 to conduct the study and said he had no vested interest in whether Kiva Recovery ended up at the site.

The report compares two rehabilitation sites – Rosecrance Center in Rockford and Timberline Knolls in Lemont – to the proposed facility at the former school site, 41W400 Silver Glen Road, Campton Township. Andrzejewski questioned why Poletti didn’t use other sites in communities similar to the population and rural feel of the Campton Hills area.

Poletti responded that he chose the comparable facilities because they did not have a hospital on site, similar to the Kiva Recovery site. Andrzejewski pointed out that the Rockford site is not near residential properties.

Andrzejewski also asked whether Poletti thought home buyers in Rockford or Lemont wanted the same type of property or lifestyle as those in Campton Hills.

“Do people move to Rockford for the quiet, rural lifestyle?” he asked.

Poletti responded it depends where in Rockford people wish to live.

“My job is to look at property values,” Poletti said. “The things people look for in a property are pretty universal.”

Poletti said he believed that the publicity surrounding Kiva Recovery’s proposal to locate to Campton Hills would have the biggest effect on property values – an impact he felt would eventually die down as time goes on.

While some residents had concerns about other issues brought up in the past – how Kiva Recovery will be monitored, secondary problems clients might have, and the effects on fire service – those who spoke were asked to stay on topic about the property impact study.

The Campton Hills Plan Commission was expected to take a vote on whether to recommend the special-use permit to village trustees, but it did not take a vote before press time.

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