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Downers Grove Tivoli Theater seeks amended theater liquor license


The Tivoli Theater is looking to amend its existing theater liquor license to make it more competitive with similar operations.

Currently, the theater has a Class “T” Theater liquor license enabling the venue to serve alcohol on a contractual basis with individual rentals of the facility, as well as during box office events and contracted theater rentals.

The Tivoli Theater is seeking an amendment, which would allow the sale of liquor during regularly scheduled movies, based on the condition that sales are limited to one drink per adult age 21 or older.

Tivioli Theater manager Willis Johnson was on hand for the meeting to receive questions and comments from the Downers Grove Village Council.

Some council members questioned the premise for amending the theater liquor license and wanted reassurances that any violations of the law will continue to be subject to repercussions.

Johnson explained that the Tivoli aims to act in accordance with the law and later recalled that the facility has only incurred two violations of the liquor code over the years.

History shows the Tivoli Theater has held a Class “T” Theater liquor license since 2001.

The Downers Grove Liquor Commission came to a consensus recommending approval of the amendment.

Members of the Downers Grove Village Council will get to have their say on the matter at their Jan. 16 meeting.

Ordinance regulating purchase and possession of alternative nicotine by minors

Also at the meeting, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca presented information to the council outlining a proposed ordinance regulating the purchase and possession of alternative nicotine by minors.

This code mirrors the law adopted by the State of Illinois, and it stipulates that nicotine and alternative nicotine are to be treated the same by municipal officials.

The definition and restrictions, as presented, allow Downers Grove Police to issue citations in accordance with ordinance violations, as opposed to charging violators through state law.

Commissioners will consider adopting an ordinance regulating the purchase and possession of alternative nicotine at their Jan. 16 meeting.

St. Joseph’s School seeks variance for addition

St. Joseph’s School is looking to expand its facility another 3,900 square feet by building an addition.

The measure, if approved at the council’s Jan. 16 meeting, will allow the building at 4832 Highland Avenue to match the existing setback line established along Franklin Street.

New construction to the site will set out to modernize the classroom spaces, enhance accessibility, add administrative space, and allow for the installation of a new fire suppression system.

Proposed changes to the building are not predicated on enrollment.

The petitioner’s plan is requesting a setback variance to permit a proposed 8.97-foot south setback instead of 25 feet.

Notice was provided to property owners within 250 feet or less from the property lines, informing them of the council’s intent to consider the request for a special use with a variance. Downers Grove staff has not received any neighborhood inquiries or comments regarding the project.

The Downers Grove Village Council is expected to consider granting a request for a special use with variance at its Jan. 16 meeting.

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