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Permit granted for Hindu temple in Plainfield

Madhu Mayer | 10/4/2017, 3:32 p.m.
Following the approval of a mosque in Plainfield, village trustees have voted to allow the local Hindu community to open ...

Following the approval of a mosque in Plainfield, village trustees have voted to allow the local Hindu community to open a place of worship and congregation in the community.

The Plainfield Village Board directed its attorney to draft ordinances granting special use approval for a Swami temple at 13250 S. Route 59. The Sri Ayyappa Swami Temple will be located inside the Meadows commercial campus.

Just like with the mosque, neighbors of the proposed project had issues with property maintenance and parking, specifically the hours of operation.

Anil Nair said the temple would be located inside the 45,000-square-foot, two story-building that has a 156-space parking lot with underground parking garage just north of the Jewel-Osco store on Route 59. Nair said the temple would only lease 2,000 square feet of the building for prayer/worship services and religious classes for adults and children.

He told the board that there are about 65 families who will worship at the temple, with many coming from Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield and Bolingbrook. Hours of operation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.

to 8 p.m. on weekends. Attendance is expected to be 10 to 20 members throughout weekday evenings, 50 to 60 on Saturdays and 40 to 50 on Sundays. When there is a special event, Nair does expect attendance to rise as high as 100.

Unlike a traditional one-hour church service where everyone comes and leaves at once, Nair said most people will come to the temple to worship at their own time and leave.

While she does not have an issue with the religious organization renting space inside the commercial building, nearby resident JoAnne Crowley of Plainfield said she is concerned temple goers may park in nearby subdivisions and streets if there is insufficient parking on busy service days.

"I just hope there is enough parking for their intended use," she said. "Only time will tell."