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ZBA OKs materials variance for Elburn Coop rebuild

City will allow metal building at Calhoun Street site

Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Morris Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday approved a request by Elburn Coop’s Morris location that will improve the area on Calhoun Street.

The company first went before the Development Review Committee to ask to construct a metal building for its offices, rather than the masonry facade that is required in Manufacturing-2 zoning.

The DRC suggested some landscaping and approved the design plans contingent on Elburn Coop getting a variance from the ZBA for the materials.

Morris location manager Jeff Neisler said Elburn Coop is trying to renovate its local facility, but on a budget, and has a lot of improvements in the works.

General Manager John Husk said they are completely reconstructing the location.

According to, the location is a barge loading and truck receiving facility that can hold 307,000 bushels in its grain storage and does grain merchandising and grain drying.

ZBA member Bill Button Sr., said he was in favor of the variance because the whole project is going to be an improvement for that area.

A public hearing was held on the request, but no one aside from Neisler spoke from the public. The board approved the variance unanimously, with Chairman Tom Dzuryak absent.

The request will go before the Morris City Council for approval Oct. 7.

No other business was done at the ZBA meeting.

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