GEL NEWS: Glen Ellyn Village Board Approves Montessori School Move

Diamante Montessori School Plan

After hearing public comment and deliberation, the Glen Ellyn Village Board last night approved plans for the Diamonte Montessori school to relocate from St Marks Church to the vacant building and property located at 625 Hillside Ave, the former location of Christ Church.

The new location for the school is at the corner of Park Boulevard and Hillside Avenue, mostly a residential neighborhood filled with single-family homes.

The school's plans show the addition of a one-way driveway from Hillside to Park to facilitate vehicular access for student pick ups or drop offs and is one of many concerns neighborhood residents have voiced with traffic and safety.

Additionally, neighbors continued to voice disapproval with the proposal, specifically the noise and pollution school activities will cause to adjacent properties, and a perceived drop in property values resulting from a school moving into a residential area.

Carl Cepuran, who lives next to the property and shares the driveway easement with the school, believes many questions were never answered by the plan commission that are material to the change in business function. He took specific issue with the fact that a church function will be replaced by a school business, with increased vehicular traffic in the neighborhood 5 days out of the week where traffic accidents already occur.

Village President Vicky Hase took issue with the statement that the board was hasty in its decision-making stating, "we have spent a lot of time on this topic. I think this board understands the topic quite well."

Last February, the Glen Ellyn plan commission offered 5 lenghty meetings for public comment and ultimately gave a positive recommendation to the school's move.

Trustees James Comerford, Peter Norton, Michelle Thorsell and Village President Vicky Hase voted for the proposal. Trustee Peter Ladesic voted "present" because he wanted more time to review the idea. Trustee Timothy Armstrong recused himself because of prior ties to the school. Trustee Mary Jane Chapman was absent.

See prior articles leading up to the Board's decision here:

Diamante Montessori School Passes Glen Ellyn Plan Commission Hurdle

Diamante Montessori School Debate Comes to an End

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