EMSL has withdrawn its plans to locate an industrial testing lab on Madison Street in River Forest.

Nearly a month after a contentious public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals, a request to withdraw was received by the village on June 3, Village Administrator Eric Palm said.

The short letter, sent by Bernard Citron, the firm’s attorney, stated that the companywas withdrawing its request for a special-use permit at 7713 Madison St., near a residential neighborhood.

The application, which was submitted on April 18, was made public at a zoning board hearing on May 8.

“With this letter we respectfully withdraw from consideration the Special Use Application for the property at 7716 Madison, River Forest, Illinois for use as an industrial testing facility. The application, which we filed on behalf of our client EMSL Analytical, Inc. was submitted on April 18, 2014 and was subsequently heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of River Forest on May 8, 2014,” the letter stated.

The Chicago-based company applied to open a laboratory to analyze samples of building materials, food and consumer products, among other things. The site had previously been home to a medical testing facility.

A public hearing on the controversial project lasted about three hours; approximately 100 people attended. The zoning board had intended to conduct another hearing on June 12.

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