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DeKalb City Council to hear rezoning requests for area projects

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Mike Holland, assistant district manager of the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, tours the facility on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Mike Holland, assistant district manager of the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, tours the facility on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Rezoning requests necessary to move forward on a $46 million water treatment plant upgrade and to re-establish a vacant Northern Illinois University fraternity house are items on the City Council’s Monday meeting agenda.

The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, formerly the DeKalb Sanitary District, is seeking proper rezoning for a project that will bring the district into compliance with new Environmental Protection Agency water-quality regulations.

This modernization plan was originally estimated at $55 million, but the lowest bid came in at about
$46 million. The district plans to fund the project through a 20-year low-interest loan from the Illinois EPA. If the city is unable to secure these funds, DeKalb Sanitary District Executive Director Mark Eddington said during a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that the district would look into issuing bonds in the amount of the upgrades.

The project went through two planning and zoning hearings in March during which residents voiced concerns about odor, lighting, location and other factors.

Additionally, a site at 1114 Blackhawk Road, which has been vacant for two years but was once a fraternity house, will need rezoning to allow the Sigma Nu fraternity of NIU to move in.

Members of the fraternity are currently renting space at a nearby apartment complex.

About $340,000 worth of work will be done to the building and property to bring it up to rooming-house regulations of the city, building codes and into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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