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Local community to open new event space

By Madhu Mayer – news@thetimesweekly.com | 5/10/2018, 8:24 a.m.
A rustic location that was once a farmhouse will soon be transformed into an elegant wedding reception venue.
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A rustic location that was once a farmhouse will soon be transformed into an elegant wedding reception venue.

The Plainfield Village Board Monday approved the special use permit and site plan

requests for The Farmhouse at 12729 S. Plainfield-Naperville Road. Applicants

Cynthia Payne and Glen Delarosa want to convert the farmhouse at the 127th Street

intersection for a special event venue, such as wedding receptions, bridal showers

and smaller-scale gatherings like an Easter egg hunt, graduation parties, power yoga

and story time hour.

The applicants are asking for a maximum occupancy of 150 guests per event at the

two-story farm house that stands on 3.18 acres. But village trustee Ed O'Rourke was

concerned about the noise that could generate from special events and the impact it

could have on nearby homes.

He even suggested the village consider an amendment that does not allow music to be played on the outdoor patio. But trustees did not support his idea as O'Rourke was the only official who voted against the requests.

"I am concerned about noise to the (nearby residences) to the east of the

structure," he said.

But Payne assured O'Rourke and other village trustees that she and her business

partner plan to be at every event to monitor the noise level from music so as not to

disturb the neighbors.

"This is an upscale venue," she said. "We are not talking about young kids and wild

parties. If we have police showing up all the time (for noise issues), it would not

be good for our business."

Due to the nature of the business, the applicants said it is difficult to set

regular hours of operation. Smaller events during the week can operate from 9 a.m.

to 9 p.m. while larger venues on weekends, like weddings, can be from 9 a.m. to

midnight, they said. Payne said sound tests were also done inside the building to

determine if the noise reached nearby homes, which, she stated, did not.

To alleviate the trustees' concerns, Kendra Kuehlem, associate planner for the

Village of Plainfield, suggests that events conclude an hour before closing as to

allow guests to leave and staff to clean up the premises. The applicants were

amenable to the request.