SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board granted a pair of conditional use permits this week that will permit a pair of businesses to locate within the village.
One permit is for a Burger King on the southwest corner of 162nd Street and South Park Avenue. The other is to the owners of a nail salon and a funeral home who want to combine their businesses at a single location on Westview Avenue.
Both businesses required the conditional permits because they did not comply with standards established for businesses in village ordinances.
In the case of Burger King, it is because the franchise will have a drive-up window. The funeral home required a conditional permit because ordinances do not specifically permit funeral parlors to operate within the village and they must be approved on a case by case basis.
Despite those restrictions, both measures received votes of 4-0 from the Village Board when it met Monday with no vocal opposition to either idea. Both projects had previously been studied, and recommended by the village’s Planning and Development Commission when it met last week.
The Burger King would go on the site of what once was a Walgreens store at the downtown South Holland location. The building now sits empty, as Walgreens moved a few years ago across the street.
Chuck Herbst, a vice president of management services, said the Burger King would have a children’s play lot. He also said the building would have ornate outer brickwork to make the structure stand out among the other buildings at the intersection. South Holland considers the location a key part of its efforts to develop a downtown business district.
“There’s going to be a lot more character to the building,” Herbst said.
As for the other business, Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said a nail salon on Sibley Boulevard in Dolton and a funeral home on 154th Street in South Holland, currently are owned by the same family, which wishes to move both businesses to a structure recently purchased at 17135 Westview Ave.
The structure has two separate entrances, once which would be used by the nail salon and the other for the funeral home.
Economic Development Director John Watson said no embalming will be performed at the facility, which would consist of a chapel where funeral services could be held.
Village Trustee Cynthia Nylen said she was pleased to see the building that has sat vacant in recent years be in operation.
“They will be a good use for the building, although they are an interesting combination,” she said.