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updated: 6/15/2012 1:03 AM

Wheeling plan commission again approves Philhaven

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The long-discussed plan for Philhaven, a low-income housing complex for people with mental or physical disabilities, is headed back to the Wheeling village board as the plan commission again approved the site plan Thursday.

The Wheeling village board rejected Philhaven, a 50-unit building at 2418-2422 W. Hintz Road, last month without discussion after the plan commission had approved it earlier this spring.

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The developer, Daveri Development Group LLC, has changed and resubmitted the proposal to the plan commission, removing variations that asked for offices to hold services on-site and reduced parking.

Philhaven has generated controversy -- both because of the residents who would occupy the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and because of concerns about parking and flooding.

Supporters will hold a public meeting to discuss the plan Monday.

The North/Northwest Suburban Task Force on Supportive Housing for Individuals With Mental Illness will host a community meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 181 W. Dundee Road in Wheeling.

Hugh Brady, co-president of the task force and board president of National Alliance on Mental Illness Illinois, said the community meeting is part of the ongoing campaign to educate the public about mental illness and recovery.

"We hope this community meeting will help dispel some of the myths that surround these all-too-common brain disorders," Brady said.

The Wheeling Village Board will take up the Philhaven proposal for a second time later this summer.

Daveri Development is behind a similar project in Mount Prospect that was approved. It is also behind one in Arlington Heights that is now the subject of a lawsuit.

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