Trade Schools and Universities May Apply for Space Along Lisle's I-88 Corridor

Vocational schools, trade schools, and colleges may be able to call space along Warrenville Road home--if they receive special use approval from the planning and zoning commission.

[Editor's note: village board approval is required to officially qualify these educational institutions as a special use exception. The commission's recommendation Wednesday was sufficient for UTI to continue with its hearing for a special use request.]


Educational facilities such as vocational, trade or technical schools, colleges, and universities are one step closer to being able to apply for special use permits along Lisle's I-88 corridor.

Commissioners recommended a text amendment Wednesday evening which now qualifies these instiutions to apply for a special use request. The amendment will affect properties in the village's office-research corridor, along Warrenville Road.

Universal Technical Institutes, Inc., (UTI) requested the amendment, which now allows the training school to apply for a special use permit at 2611 Corporate West Dr. However, the amendment will allow similar institutions to apply for permits on other properties along this corridor in the future. 

The building's current owners, iStar Financial Inc., are looking to to suit the school.

Commissioners also heard from UTI and their design team during a second public hearing to review the proposed project. Stay tuned to Patch for an update.


Lisle Watchdog April 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
interesting... wonder if this is relevant? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crooked_Code
Karlie Baker (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
YouTube links are going to be deleted from comment streams. Let's try to generate a discussion for once.
Nicole April 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM
We really don't need this in Lisle. Let them go build it in Naperville. That site where the Alzheimers' facility was denied approval is still empty... http://triblocal.com/naperville/2011/11/21/developer-shocked-after-naperville-rejects-alzheimers-facility/
Cathy F. April 20, 2012 at 01:51 AM
This site would have been the perfect spot for University of Chicago's new west suburban campus. What a pity.
Maria April 20, 2012 at 05:35 AM
One hour and they recommend a huge change to the code. Unbelievable. Lincolnwood has held 7 months of hearings to consider adding an amendment for group homes and Glen Ellyn held 11 hearing for lights on one football field. In one hour, Lisle changes the code that ultimately will change the entire charactor of the OR District forever. Lisle will go from corporate headquarters to branch offices, from show place buildings to users that hold tuner car shows and drag races in their parking lots, from park like settings to parking lots. No thought. No long range planning. No forward thinking.
Bill April 20, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Take away the tax breaks, the “easy” approvals, the political enablers and the scandals and we might be able to restore a long range plan to optimize the potential of Lisle to become a beautiful vibrant sustainable communities. We need new leadership.
Dick April 21, 2012 at 04:26 AM
These for-profit schools have outlived their welcome. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-18/colleges-could-be-banned-from-using-u-s-tax-money-for-ads-1-.html?cmpid=yhoo
Frank F April 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
This has not been handled well by the Village. Was there a report on the advantages/disadvantage of this code change prepared by the Village and the Planning & Zoning Commission used to make an informed decision on this precident setting code change? Isn't it fiscally prudent to evaluate this thoroughly and understand the potential long term negative/positive implications with respect to property values, quality of life, tax revenue, purpose of the zoning district, etc. of this change? Where is the evaluation report and zoning analysis study? How about a staff recommendation? Findings of Fact? Again, the way this is being handled by the Village doesn't look good, Mayor Broda. Some people are going to think this is another backroom deal. Do zoning decisions get made in one evening with no factual information presented to the public unless someone's getting paid off?
Lisle Watchdog April 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
What is interesting here is that UTI invested in plans and consultants without knowing whether or not this code change will be approved by the Village Board. Back in 2005 a developer wanted to build a 22-story condo in the OR District by the Hyatt. The developer, Avalon Bay, came before the Village Board with a preliminary presentation to get some feedback on making residential a special use in the OR District. (residential, like schools, are not allowed). The preliminary presentation before the Board was done prior to filing an application to change the code and prior to investing in traffic studies and engineering plans. Makes you wonder about UTI doesn't it?
Deborah Donna April 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I do not think this is good for Lisle. We don't need anything more to reinforce the image and perception of being anti-green. Navistar, SunCoke - all environmentally negative perceptions for Lisle. We already have to deal with the environmental impact of two major highways I-88 and I-355 and we are still recovering from Lockformer impacts. Let's let this deal go. UTI will find another location - then again, they already have a location in Glendale Heights. Can we afford more diesel exhaust in our community? Lisle already has the highest cancer rates in DuPage County - quite likely from the proximity of the tollways and rail lines. Let's not make it even one tiny bit worse. http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2012/04/22/diesel-exhaust-more-deadly-than-car-accidents/
Maria April 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Almost as interesting has hiring a land planner two weeks AFTER submitting the application to Lisle. Obviously he did not author the "Findings of Fact" submitted with the application - he wasn't even working on the project! And let's bring in a public relations/media consultant to testify as a land use expert... where's that ACIP certification?
Maria April 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Did anyone else notice the missing letter of support from the biggest neighbor to this automotive mechanics school? There was a letter of support submited for a school bus terminal on the other end of town, but no letter of support for an automotive mechanics school right across the street. Will people be alarmed when they learn what's really behind this deal and what it will become?
Lisle Watchdog April 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
UTI's stock hit a 3-year low this morning - - down 55% since March 2010.
Dick April 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The administration wants to trademark the term “GI Bill” in an effort to shield veterans and military families being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.... President Barack Obama is signing a wide-ranging order on Friday that partially addresses growing complaints about fraudulent marketing and recruiting practices aimed at military families eligible for federal education loans under the GI Bill. Could the President be talking about this type of targeting marketing... http://www.uti.edu/military ???
Kitty K May 03, 2012 at 05:51 AM
180+ vehicles running and pushing unfiltered diesel exhaust from an stationary source and "no impact"? Yeah right. This is a good.... good reason to move!!
Dick May 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Sectors that announced the biggest job cuts nationally in April 2012 were education, government, health care products and automotive.
Maria May 15, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Prediction for Monday May 18, 2012, Village Board Meeting after NO DISCUSSION or distribution of information to the public in advance, we will see this on the agenda. "An Ordinance Proposing Approval of a REDEVELOPMENT PLAN and PROJECT for the 2611 Corporate West Drive TIF REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, the DESIGNATION OF A REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA and the ADOPTION OF TAX INCREMENT ALLOCATION FINANCING therefore, convening a JOINT REVIEW BOARD on June 6, 2012 and CALLING A PUBLIC HEARING in Connection therewith...."


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