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  1. Kathleen, the Harrison Conference Center closed in 2006. A plan for building 89 cluster homes for seniors was approved in October 2006. The first developer demolished the more modern wing of the Manor House which contained the furnace in 2008. They also trucked in dirt, dug detention ponds and covered over the meadow in the back of the property. The property is about 45 acres in total.

    The first developer sold their interests to the second and current developer in 2011. The second (current) developer sought and the village approved removing the age restrictions, but has done nothing else except to remove much of the forest in the front. I expect that the second developer will eventually sell to a third.

    Because the furnace was removed in 2008, the beautiful 100+ year old Manor House has been without heat in the winter (or a/c in the summer) for 10 years.

    The development has been an unmitigated disaster and should never have been approved in the first place. Approval of the original plan was by a series of 4-3 votes on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Village Board. The result has been the closing of the conference center, a good local business and creating a pall of uncertainty that hangs over the West Side of Lake Bluff.

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