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Controversial drug, alcohol center again on ZBA's docket

Zoning request, proposed consent decree on tap Aug. 1

Maxxam Partners LLC was denied a special use permit from Kane County to turn the former Glenwood School for Boys near Campton Hills, into a drug and alcohol treatment center. Maxxam Partners and Glenwood Academy filed suit in federal court last year. The Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals is set to hear a restated petition and proposed consent decree at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles to settle the lawsuit and allow the special use zoning.
Maxxam Partners LLC was denied a special use permit from Kane County to turn the former Glenwood School for Boys near Campton Hills, into a drug and alcohol treatment center. Maxxam Partners and Glenwood Academy filed suit in federal court last year. The Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals is set to hear a restated petition and proposed consent decree at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles to settle the lawsuit and allow the special use zoning.

ST. CHARLES – A controversial drug and alcohol treatment center may yet get its special use zoning at a former boys school near Campton Hills, if the terms of a proposed consent decree are accepted by Kane County officials.

A hearing before the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

Mark VanKerkhoff, director of the Kane County Development and Resource Management Department, said Maxxam Partners LLC and Glenwood Academy have resubmitted their original petition for a 120-bed private-pay, luxury treatment center, as well as the proposed consent decree.

“We will be taking public comment on the petition,” VanKerkhoff said. “Everything done to today is carried over into this new petition.”

VanKerkhoff said the ZBA may take a vote that night, depending on how the hearing goes, but the Kane County Board would take final action on the proposed consent decree.

Maxxam Partners LLC and Glenwood Academy filed a federal lawsuit against Kane County, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Kane County Board last year after its petition was denied amid a public outcry against it.

The lawsuit alleged that the denial was illegal discrimination against people suffering from addiction under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Fair Housing Act.

According to the proposed 10-page consent decree, the lawsuit would be settled and Maxxam’s request for special use zoning would be approved so it can situate its drug and alcohol treatment center at the former boys school, 41W400 Silver Glen Road, Campton Township.

The proposed consent decree is subject to approval by a federal judge, but requires both sides to approve it.

Maxxam would have to follow several requirements under the decree, including state licenses, 150 doses of naloxone for a total of 1,500 doses over a 10-year period, not to operate a methadone outpatient clinic, provide security to protect its clients and neighboring community and provide a medical director to be onsite 30 hours per week, according to the proposed decree.

Maxxam would also establish a foundation through the Community Foundation for the Fox River Valley for outreach to Kane County pertaining to substance abuse and addiction at $15,000 a year for a minimum of 10 years, according to the proposed decree.

Maxxam would also pay the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District for all emergency transports to or from the property on behalf of its patients and residents, according to the proposed decree.

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who has criticized how the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office handled Maxxam’s lawsuit, said he will attend the hearing.

“I believe that it’s important for residents to come to the Wednesday night meeting to try to figure out actually whose consent decree this is,” Lauzen said.

Maxxam attorney Christopher Liguori did not return a voicemail message seeking comment.

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