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St. Charles property owners concerned about proposed pet care facility

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014 6:40 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Two residents of St. Charles on Tuesday shared their concerns about a proposed pet care facility that they said would affect their east-side properties.

Apartment complex owner Barbara Petkus and Diane Bossert, owner of two units at the Hunt Club, spoke to the city’s Plan Commission during a public hearing for Fydoland, a pet facility planned for the former Rex’s Cork and Fork, 1317 E. Main St., St. Charles. Petkus and Bossert think the business will bring too much noise and lower property values.

“I am totally confused as to why it’s even put here,” said Petkus, who owns the complex at 1408 E. Main St. “I think it’s going to ruin my business.”

Petkus said she has many tenants that work at night and need to sleep during the day.

That will be difficult to do when dogs are constantly barking, Petkus said.

Robin Massey, the applicant and owner of Fydoland, took to the podium to address Petkus and Bossert’s concerns.

There is an upscale apartment complex across the street from the Fydoland Elgin location that has not had any complaints, Massey said.

“We’ve actually expelled [excessive barkers] out of our locations,” said Massey, who also has a Fydoland in Huntley.

Massey’s attorney Jim Cooke said at the Tuesday public hearing that the decibel for vehicle traffic on Route 64 is likely higher than any barking dogs.

He said the opening of the business would be beneficial to the city as the proposed site is presently vacant.

Plan commission members encouraged Petkus and Bossert to share their concerns with their aldermen.

The site for the proposed Fydoland is in the 1st Ward and the properties residents said would be affected are across the street in 4th Ward.

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