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2013 in review: No vacancy ruling for Burr Ridge hotel plan

<p>Burr Ridge residents protest the proposed hotels (August) &mdash; Sandy Illian Bosch~Sun-Times Media</p>

Burr Ridge residents protest the proposed hotels (August) — Sandy Illian Bosch~Sun-Times Media

When a Burr Ridge resident presented plans to build a pair of hotels on a stretch of vacant land along South Frontage Road, his neighbors spoke out against the idea. And the Plan Commission heard the message.

Residents packed the Burr Ridge boardroom Aug. 5 to let the Burr Ridge Plan Commission know their thoughts and fears about the project, which would have resulted in a Hampton Inn and a Fairfield Inn at 15W150 South Frontage Road, just west of County Line Road.

Neighbors to the site said the hotels would increase traffic in their quiet neighborhood, attract strangers to their streets and possibly worsen flooding problems in the area.

Despite claims by Burr Ridge resident and Odyssey Hotels Chief Executive Officer Rachit Dhingra that his project would be good for the village, the Plan Commission voted unanimously to deny the planned unit development sought by Dhingra, who later withdrew his plan to build on the land.

By Sandy Illian Bosch

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