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7/17/2013 3:08:00 PM
New Pritzker B&B On Forest
By Shawn Jones

A new bed-and-breakfast is coming to 1622 Forest Ave., just steps away from the B&B at 300 Church St. The battle lines having been drawn last time, a second bed-and-breakfast owned by a Colonel James Pritzker entity, this time Patriot Park, LLC, passed.

Rather than the stirring controversy over whether it was appropriate that engulfed the previous Church Street bed and breakfast, this time the only amendment was a friendly one. Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, asked that a provision requiring commercial garbage collection three times per week be stricken.

Loud trucks in the alley three times a week would disturb the neighbors, Ald. Burrus said. Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, said she would prefer sticking with the Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation, but soon agreed with a compromise proposed by Eighth Ward Alderman Ann Rainey, who called for a three-month evaluation period. If standard “garbage collection doesn’t work” during those three months, she said, Council can “go back and add” a commercial-collection requirement.

The amendment passed 9-0.

Ald. Fiske and Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, who last year tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment to the bed-and-breakfast ordinance that would have imposed a distance requirement on B&Bs, argued against the new B&B.  

Perhaps remembering the proposed provisions in the Fiske-Wynne amendment, such as onerous parking requirements and strict limits as to the number of events such as weddings a B&B could host, Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, signaled support for the current project. She said she supported a distance requirement, and “had we done that and been able to compromise, we wouldn’t be having this” conversation now.

“I’m sorry, but I’m going to support it. I tried very hard to compromise,” she said.

Shortly after the vote, at Call of the Wards, Ald. Wynne made a reference to the Planning and Development Committee, calling for a renewed ordinance amending the bed-and-breakfast ordinance to add a distance requirement.

Such a provision would prevent B&Bs from being located as closely together as Col. Pritzker’s Forest Avenue and Church Street B&Bs will soon be. Those two establishments will be grandfathered in, even if the amendment passes.

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