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Residents delay tent vote

Industry News | August 1, 2007 | By:

Residents of Kildeer, Ill., have decided to postpone their vote on a controversial tent plan until more information about the tent’s effects on the community can be gathered.

The Illinois Daily Herald reports that Concorde Banquets has proposed installing a 6,500-square-foot tented pavilion at the back of its property to increase its event space. But residents living within a half-mile of the banquet hall are concerned that the noise from tented events would be invasive and that partygoers could be difficult to control.

The homes near to the Concorde Banquets facility are part of unincorporated areas Lake County, Deer Park and Lake Zurich. “The whole area isn’t Kildeer, so they don’t have a right to force the rest of us to listen to all of this [event noise],” a Lake County resident told the Herald.

Concorde Banquets’ tent plan includes considerations for noise, such as meters at the property’s edge to alert event professionals that the noise has become too loud. In addition, all music would be required to stop at 11:00 p.m.

Kildeer village trustees have given the plan preliminary approval but decided to postpone the final vote until more information is gathered, possibly meeting later this summer. “I would like demonstrations of what this is going to sound like,” said trustee Olivia Coughlin. “I would be making a poorly informed decision.”Concorde Banquets owner John Kalyviaris has said he will cooperate by providing any information the board requests, including renderings of what the tent would look like in the winter. “I think we’ve done everything we’ve been asked,” Kalyviaris said. “I feel that if we put this together, it will be a beautiful project.”

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