On a North Pekin site now occupied by concrete remnants of a building long-ago demolished, Brandon Dentino expects to relocate and expand his home landscaping business.
Dentino recently received permission through a zoning variance from the North Pekin Village Board to move Dentino Lawn Designs from Pekin to the 1.6-acre site on Illinois Route 29 at West Lane, which separates two ponds that comprise the Twin Lakes area.
It wasn’t easy. The board voted 3-2 to grant the variance after hearing concerns from nearby residents about landscaping materials and equipment sitting along West Lane, the entry road to their Twin Lakes Drive homes.
“We want to be good neighbors,” Dentino, 32, said Wednesday. “We want those residents as our customers.”
Not only will his new 2,680-square-foot storage building and office improve the site’s current condition, Dentino will install landscaping and trees to shield it from the homes about 1,000 feet to the east, he said.
The variance will allow him to build his new structure about 100 feet north off West Lane, providing space to park some vehicles and store some landscaping material, he said. All equipment will be stored in the building, Dentino said.
He began the business from his home in 2009 and, seven years later, moved it to its current location at 425 Ann Eliza St. in Pekin’s downtown area.
It currently employs 10 workers during warm months and several over the winter. Dentino said he plans to expand to 15 full-season employees with the move.
His business — “If it’s outdoors, we do it” as its motto — centers on supplying materials including boulders, sand, rock and soil to retail customers, “but we also install fences, patios, decks and landscaping,” Dentino said.
Construction will begin early next month “if the weather holds,” with a business opening set for March 1, he said.
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