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Couple plans performing arts school near Yorkville

Updated: November 15, 2012 6:36AM

YORKVILLE — A couple has petitioned the Kendall County Board to open a performing arts facility on their 6-acre property just outside of Yorkville. Amelia and Brian Weber intend to start a new business called the Yorkville Performing Arts Center.

According to a description of the business the couple gave Kendall County officials, they intend to “provide a complete arts center with an initial focus on dance and music training with a vision to later include theatre arts, technical arts, online lessons, as well as a performing arts preschool.”

The property is at 2127 Route 47, just two-tenths of a mile north of Boombah Boulevard. It includes a house the couple lives in, two former commercial buildings and a large wooded area.

The Webers intend to turn the two existing buildings into dance studios and music rooms. They want to build a lobby or breezeway between the two buildings, and hope to build an additional building of between 2,300 and 2,500 square feet someday.

They intend to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a maximum of 15 students in a class for an hour at a time, with three rooms and four music rooms running the same hour. They estimate having a maximum of 50 people at the facility at time.

The full County Board will vote Tuesday on the petition at its regular 9 a.m. meeting. Kendall County zoning officials said the property meets the county’s zoning requirements. Both the Plan Commission and the Zoning Platting and Advisory Committee have recommended approval of the petition. The city of Yorkville still has to sign off on it, because it is within the 1½-mile review area.

The Webers told county officials the arts center will host several events throughout the year, although they will not be allowed at the center itself. They hope to have events a local school auditorium. They also hope to tie the events to something that will benefit the community in some way, either the school district, food pantry or church.

“Their core values and belief system in based on being generous and it is their hope that the community will see that in their organization,” county officials wrote.

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