A private youth football club plans to convert an old manufacturing building in Rolling Meadows into an indoor football field.
Park Ridge-based Legion FC Chicago has offered to upgrade the 8,636-square-foot east end of the 24,820-square-foot building at 3660 Edison Place for a driving range that children 14 and under will use.
The large indoor field and the adjacent smaller warm-up field will see the most games during the fall and winter months, when temperatures drop and young athletes need warmer areas to train, officials said.
But no competitive games are planned – only hour-long training sessions at night and weekends – due to parking and traffic problems in and around the site, which is located in the light production area west of Rowling Road.
Representatives of the Legion football club said that none of the training sessions will have many cars on the site because the participants are not of legal age to drive. And parents will not be allowed to attend training – only to pick up and drop off their children.
With this and other requirements set out in a list of eight conditions, the city council on Tuesday evening agreed to give the football club special permission to use the indoor sports facility and provide an option to reduce the number of on-site parking spaces required. from 44 to 21 years old.
But if the proposed one-way counter-clockwise traffic isn’t properly managed or there isn’t enough parking, the city has warned they could cancel the special use and close the facility.
The club says it has no plans to expand on the west side of the building or use a few rooms on the east side, but if it does, it will have to return to the city to find additional exemptions from parking requirements.
According to the club, the maximum number of people on the court at any given time, including two coaches, will be 20 people.
The city’s comprehensive plan suggests light industry will remain in the area, but recognizes the need for adaptive reuse of some buildings.
Legion FC currently has eight teams with 100 players and each team practices twice a week.
The city council’s 4-0 second reading approval of the city council’s ordinance came after an initial review and recommendation by the plan commission in a 4-1 vote on May 3.