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Campton Hills to hear testimony on Kiva market impact study

Published: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 5:46 p.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – For the fourth and possibly last time, the Village Board on Tuesday will continue the public hearing on the substance abuse facility proposed for the former Glenwood School.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bell-Graham Elementary School, 4N505 Fox Mill Blvd.

Village President Patsy Smith said discussion will center on the market impact analysis study the village commissioned MaRous and Company to perform.

The study, which should be on the village's website before Tuesday's meeting, concluded Kiva Recovery won't have a measurable negative effect on the character or property values of the adjoining residential uses.

"The proposed development appears to be the highest and best use of the site, in terms of zoning, the market demand for similar properties and the likely redevelopment of the site," MaRous and Company said in its report.

"The uncertainty created by a vacant facility and long-term potential maintenance problems appear to be a bigger threat to property values in the area than the proposed facility under the annexation and rezoning agreement reviewed."

Smith expects the public hearing will come to an end Tuesday but does not know when the board will be ready to vote.

"When they get to the point of making a decision," she said, "at some point they will have to talk about community perception and opinion."

Some citizens have publicly supported Kiva Recovery, but the opponents have been more aggressive in mounting a campaign against the facility. Opponents have circulated anti-Kiva literature at meetings, created and left fliers on car windshields.

Residents have urged the board to gather public opinion by referendum. Instead, the village mailed postcard surveys to each household last month. Smith said her goal was to learn whether the majority of households in Campton Hills opposed Kiva.

As of Thursday, Smith said, Campton Hills received 1,605 cards, which represents a 42 percent response rate. Of the returned cards, she said, about 75.6 percent opposed Kiva. When viewing responses against the number of total households, she said, opposition drops to 32 percent.

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