At the request of the Chicago Tabernacle Church, the Zoning Board of Appeals today granted a continuance on the church’s application for a special use permit to operate the Portage Theater as a house of worship. The date of the hearing is not yet certain.
I vigorously opposed the continuance. Because of restrictions on liquor and entertainment uses near a church, four separate projects are awaiting the a decision on this request before they will proceed. I’ll keep you informed of further developments in the process.
The upside of the deferral is that we can continue to organize within our communities to inform the Zoning Board of Appeals of the detrimental impact this special use would have on the heart of our redeveloping business district.
I’ll continue to work with the church on finding an alternative location for their services. My goal from the beginning has been to find a solution that works for the community and the church. We welcome them to the community, but not at the Portage Theater.
Thank you for your continued support of this community treasure.