by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday gave positive marks to plans for a 190-acre development targeting active adults 55 and older. The 512-unit development would feature single-story, maintenance-free living, with shared amenities as well as private outdoor spaces.
Trustee Mari Johnson said that she and her husband could foresee a time when they would be happy to leave behind their half-acre lot with its many trees and leaves to rake.
â€œI think people do want options,â€ she said. â€œThis definitely deserves more attention.â€
However, an issue identified by board members is the increased traffic and safety concerns that residents would create turning left from the development onto Prairie Street. Board members said their preference would be for the realignment of Prairie Street to meet up with Main Street. However, the developer said this improvement would be a major expenditure, estimated at approximately $2 million.
Additional sewer capacity remains an unresolved issue, as well.
Property owner Gary Tadian joined Robert Arthur Land Company developer Arthur Zwemke on Tuesday, in bringing back a modified version of plans for the development the board originally reviewed about 18 months ago. The development would be located south of the Burlington Northern railroad tracks and north of Prairie Street, a quarter-mile west of Route 47 on its western border.
â€œThere are 78 million people over 55; they control two-thirds of the money and represent 25 percent of the population,â€ Zwemke said at the time. â€œThey don’t like to mow lawns or shovel snow, and they like to travel.â€
There are also few appropriate housing options for them, especially on the Interstate 88 corridor, according to a representative of Epcon Communities, a builder working locally with Tadian. Other projects in the Chicagoland metropolitan area associated with Epcon are located in Plainfield and Woodstock.
The plan includes the option of either a large clubhouse and three pocket parks, or three smaller clubhouse facilities and one central park. Home prices have not yet been calculated for this plan; however, price points for the Plainfield and Woodstock developments range from $160,000 to $300,000.
Based on feedback from the board in 2008, the developer set aside 30 acres for the possibility of a future Metra site on the northern edge of the development. Board members on Tuesday said this would no longer be necessary, due to a lukewarm response on the part of Metra to build a station in an area surrounded by an active adult community.
Tadian said that he was anxious to move forward with the plan, with 2011 as a target for groundbreaking. Board members agreed that if the remaining issues could be resolved, this would be possible.
Tadian property proposal
190-acre 512-unit active
adult residential development
(south of the Burlington Northern
railroad tracks and north of
Prairie Street, a quarter-mile
west of Route 47 on its
Developer would like to
break ground by 2011