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Vote keeps M.A. Center’s long-term plans on track

GENEVA – The religious organization that has a long-range plan for the former Broadview Academy property is on its way toward getting Kane County Board approval to amend the site’s existing special use.

The Kane County Development Committee on June 21 recommended approval of the Mata Amritanandayami Center’s zoning petition.

The vote included opposition from member T.R. Smith and an abstention from member Drew Frasz, who said the M.A. Center has a four-year track record of success with the county.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, the M.A. Center wants to add 72 single-family homes constructed in groups of two to six attached units, 192 temporary residential units within three buildings and – among other structures – a spiritual hub to its property at 41W501 Keslinger Road in Blackberry Township near Elburn.

Neighbors objected over aspects of the plan, but Frasz said the “vast majority” of their concerns have been accounted for.

He said the center’s agreement to prohibit temporary housing occupants from attending Kaneland School District 302 was a “major breakthrough.”

“That really helps a lot,” Frasz said.

The M.A. Center has also agreed to pay real estate taxes on the proposed 72 single-family homes and to limit those structures to two stories.

The buildings housing the temporary residences will not exceed three stories, and the maximum stay will be six consecutive months.

Representatives with the M.A. Center said the temporary living quarters will serve people visiting for activities at the site, such as retreats.

Charles Radovich, an attorney representing the M.A. Center, said all of the facilities on the site are devoted to the “religious, humanitarian mission of the M.A. Center.”

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