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Mokena annexes site for church rectory

Updated: November 22, 2013 6:06AM



The Mokena Village Board has approved the annexation and rezoning of a vacant lot on 115th Avenue as the future site of St. Mary Catholic Church’s rectory.

The 30,000-square-foot lot, 19626 S. 115th Ave., is owned by the Joliet Diocese and adjoins the village on the west. St. Mary’s current rectory will be demolished when the new one is built. Construction is expected to be completed next spring.

A representative of St. Mary’s said a handicapped-parking area may be installed on the site of the existing rectory.

Alan Zordan, Mokena’s director of economic and community development, said fee waivers have been issued to the parish, which is standard practice “when dealing with civic groups, churches and other taxing bodies.”

Also last week, village trustees approved a special use zoning permit to Rosemary Cotter, owner of Alfie’s Poochie Playlot, to open an animal boarding and training business at 19635 S. 97th Ave. She is moving her business two blocks south from where it has been since 2006.

Cotter will purchase a 5,500-square-foot building with a plan to add 5,000 square feet in about a year, Zordan said.

At the new location, Cotter will provide day care for about 50 dogs, overnight boarding for 30, obedience training, therapy, grooming, exercise, some retail sales and special events for rescue foundations and the Humane Society.

Cotter plans to hire two more employees to the current staff of eight.



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