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Kendall OKs horse operation, arts center

Updated: November 18, 2012 7:03AM

YORKVILLE — The Kendall County Board Tuesday approved zoning for a horse operation and a performing arts school, both just outside Yorkville.

A 9-1 vote approved a zoning petition by Russ and Denise Burks to open Success in the Suburbs, a horse center in Equestrian Estates at Legacy Farms subdivision. The subdivision is on the west side of Ashe Road, in both Little Rock and Bristol townships.

Equestrian Estates of Legacy Farms was approved in 2006 to construct and operate a central horse stable and have stable manager housing in the subdivision. The horse stable was to be used only for the residents of the subdivision and their horses.

But the developer went bankrupt, along with the equestrian center. Only three lots out of a total of 18 were built on, and only two horses remain in the slowly deteriorating, 24-stall center.

The Burks have a purchase contract for the horse stable and center, and intend to buy one of the subdivision lots to build a house on.

In approving the rezoning for the Burks, the board also approved allowing the Burks to board horses from outside the subdivision. The couple had told the board at its Committee of the Whole meeting last week that they needed to be able to take boarders in from the outside to make their fledgling business go.

“If we don’t allow boarders from outside the facility, we won’t have a facility for anyone in the subdivision,” Wade Joyner, the Burks’ attorney, told the board Tuesday.

The board also approved a special use for a 6-acre property on Route 47 north of Boombah Boulevard, for Amelia and Brian Weber to open a performing arts center and school.

According to a description of the business the couple gave 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 Webers intend to turn the two existing buildings on the property into dance studios and music rooms.

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.

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