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McHenry nonprofit plans to build affordable housing for veterans

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – A nonprofit is looking to provide affordable housing to veterans in McHenry.

The McHenry City Council annexed a property at the southeast corner of Ridge Road and Route 120 earlier this week.

The nonprofit TLS Veterans hopes to tear down the two homes there and build three new eight-unit, two-story buildings that would provide permanent affordable housing, Deputy City Administrator Doug Martin said.

The plan will go before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission at its July 25 meeting.

The commission usually makes a recommendation to the council the same day as the hearing.

TLS Veterans has an office at 5330 W. Elm St. in McHenry and a transitional housing center called New Horizons in Hebron, which houses 30 to 45 veterans a year, according to its website.

The council on Monday night also approved permanent variances for two new tattoo parlors in McHenry with a 5-2 vote. Aldermen Andy Glab and Jeff Schaefer voted “no.”

The two businesses, which are involved in other areas besides tattooing, have been operating for the past few months on temporary variances as they made their way through the zoning process.

The House of Glass, 2906 W. Route 120, was operating as a smoke shop before it expanded into tattooing.

Jean Fontaine operated a tattoo parlor just outside the city limits at 4412 S. Hi Point Road before moving to his current location at 1210 N. Green St., where he operates a gallery with a tattoo parlor in the back.

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