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Oswego Board backs plans for Orchard Rd. development : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Oswego Board backs plans for Orchard Rd. development
Project would include 346 apartments

by John Etheredge


The Oswego Village Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to endorse concept plans for a mixed-used residential and commercial development on a 135 acre parcel at the northwest corner of Orchard Road and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway tracks.

According to the plans submitted to the village by Melrose Holdings, LLC, of Lombard, the project would include 135 single family homes, an apartment complex with 346 rental units, a 10 acre commercial area and a 15 acre site for a proposed parking lot that would serve a Metra commuter rail station-if and when a station is developed on the village's Park-n-Ride site located along the south side of the railroad tracks.

The plans show the commercial properties extending along the west side of Orchard Road from the railroad tracks north to the south side of Tuscany Trail.

The 135 single family homes would be built on 6,000 square foot lots located west of the commercial area.

The apartment complex, which would include a clubhouse and pool, would be located along the north side of the tracks, also east of the commercial area, according to the plans.

The village plan commission endorsed the concept plans in a unanimous ballot May 8.

As a result of the board's approval of the concept plans, developers can now seek approval of zoning and a planned unit development agreement (PUD) for the project, according to Rod Zenner, the village's community development director.

The zoning and PUD agreement will be subject to public hearings and final board votes, Zenner added.

In a memo to the board, Zenner noted another development firm first proposed developing 906 apartment units on the property along with some commercial uses in 2008.

The firm that submitted that project plan to the village also proposed donating a 20 acre parcel to the village for a commuter rail station parking lot.

However, the board rejected a request to rezone the property for the apartment complex in January of 2012.

In his memo, Zenner endorsed the Melrose Holdings' proposed mix of residential and commercial uses for the property.

Zenner wrote, "Residential, particularly high density residential, uses are often located near commuter rail facilities to provide residents with easy access to public transportation and to reduce the need for riders to drive their cars and park at the train station. The residential uses would serve to bring more customers to the Orchard Road area resulting in greater activity for the existing and future commercial users in the area."

He concluded, "As the proposal contains a commuter parking facility and since it is beneficial to provide residential uses adjacent to commuter facilities, staff recommends approval of the proposed residential and commercial land use mix."

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