by Susan O’Neill
The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday extended a temporary-use permit granted to the St. Katharine-Drexel Catholic Church for its parish office and weekday morning worship facility at 264 S. Main St.
The original permit, granted in December 2008, required that the church reapply by the end of April.
Approximately 15 to 20 parishioners attend weekday morning services and about 40 to 60 attend occasional weekday night services. This is more than the 10 and 40 initially estimated when the original temporary use was requested.
However, since there is adequate parking for now at the vacant restaurant site and its parking lot down the street, the village granted the extension until April 30, 2011, or when the church moves to another site. If parking becomes no longer available at the vacant restaurant site or parking lot, the church will either have to find alternative parking or relocate to another site.
The church continues to use Kaneland John Shields Elementary School for weekend services on Saturdays and Sundays under a separate special-use permit. Approximately 250 people attend weekend services each week.
The Archdiocese anticipates completing construction of the new facility in unincorporated Sugar Grove Township in 2010.