CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, December 3, 2013 (Chicago Tribune): A group of Hindus looking for a more permanent spiritual home are on track to build a temple in Glenview (18 miles north of downtown Chicago, population 44,000). Site plans by Hanuman Spiritual and Community Center, a Hindu nonprofit organization, to construct a 37,200-square-foot, two-story building on 3.9 acres at 3623 West Lake Ave. have been approved by village trustees.
Mary Bak, planning and economic development director, said the facility would be the first Hindu temple in Glenview. "It'd be great to have them in the community," Bak said, adding that village trustees will again consider the development at Tuesday's meeting.
The organization, which formed in 2009, includes 75 to 100 members and has been looking to construct a cultural center for some time, according to Lawrence Freedman, a lawyer representing the group. Freedman said the group hopes to expand to a maximum of 400 people.
During an October public hearing, a few residents who live near the site expressed concern over the height of the structure and their desire for the developers to keep as much as greenery as possible. Some of the building's spires would rise about 55 feet above the ground. Trustee Scott Britton, who lives in the area of the proposed development, said he believes the site is good for the temple.