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Proposal still headed to Kane County Board, Kiva says

GENEVA – It has been almost a month since the village of Campton Hills rejected a proposal from a company seeking to renovate the former Glenwood School into an alcohol and substance abuse facility – and that company has yet to redirect its request to Kane County’s government.

However, a lawyer for Kiva Recovery said Kiva intends to do so.

Last month, the Campton Hills Village Board ended a contentious review process on the proposal, voting 4-2 to deny Kiva permission to open a rehabilitation facility in the shuttered boarding school.

Village officials acted at the prompting of Campton Hills residents who packed several public meetings on the matter.

Objectors were vocal, circulating anti-Kiva literature, creating an anti-Kiva website and hiring lawyers to combat the project.

While Kiva agreed to concessions within the proposed annexation agreement with the village – including limits on how many patients could be housed at the facility and agreeing to provide 24-hour, on-site security – opponents believed the project would harm the community.

After the Village Board’s vote, Kiva’s lawyer Steven Elrod said his clients intended to take their redevelopment request to Kane County, which has zoning jurisdiction over the facility that now is in unincorporated Campton Township.

Since then, Kiva has only had brief contact with the county, said Tim Harbaugh, executive director of the county’s Department of Facilities, Development and Environmental Resources.

He said the county last spoke with representatives of Kiva two weeks ago, and he confirmed Kiva has yet to file a zoning or any other request related to the former Glenwood School.

Because the land already is governed by the county, the matter would be subject only to zoning reviews and not the same kinds of negotiations that surrounded the annexation process in Campton Hills.

Elrod said Kiva still intends to bring its redevelopment proposal to the county, but he said there was “no other news to report.”

“We are continuing to work on the application,” he said.

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