Updated: 11 p.m. Nov. 4, 2012
The Crystal Lake City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a use variation and a special use permit for "The Other Side," a non-alcoholic nightclub.
The club will be located in the warehouse area of tenant space at 93 E. Berkshire Dr.- Unit G, in Crystal Lake.
The council approved the measure without discussion, or any opposition from the public.
Originial Article: 5 a.m. Nov. 4, 2012
Non-drinkers and people recovering from substance addiction may soon have a nightclub where they can meet, listen to live music and enjoy a "dry" social environment.
A proposal for "The Other Side" will be considered by the Crystal Lake City Council during its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.
Council members are expected to vote on a recommendation by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission to adopt an ordinance granting a use variation and special use permit to allow the nightclub at 93 E. Berkshire Dr. - Unit G.
The multi-use building, located near Berkshire and Main Street, presently is occupied by JT's Frames, The North Wall, Dobry Personal Trainer, Creative Services, In Sync Systems and Crystal Lake Massage Therapy.
Plans reviewed by the PZC described "The Other Side" as a "nightclub without alcoholic beverages."
Currently, a construction company uses the front tenant space for its business office during normal office hours. The site's warehouse - in the back area - is where the nightclub will operate, plans stated.
Plans call for hosting "a larger party once a month" where bands perform. No more than 150 people will be present at the parties, proposed plans state. No food will be prepared on-site; only pre-packaged food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Patrons must be 18 years old to enter the club, and the petitioner told PZ commissioners employees would check to ensure guests did not bring in alcohol.
Eventually, the petitioner would like to open a permanent facilty in the future that would be open for every day of the week, plans state.