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Clarendon Hills

Major project at Prospect and Park avenues survives first consideration

CLARENDON HILLS – The Clarendon Hills Village Board unanimously approved first consideration of a proposed eight-unit condo development that would go at the corner of Prospect and Park avenues at Monday's village board meeting.

“I think this project will be a catalyst for other downtown sites,” said Mike Van Zandt, the landowner and commercial real-estate broker.

Van Zandt presented the project to the village board for the first time as it was already approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission during its Aug. 22 meeting, and the Downtown Design Review Commission reviewed and approved the development during a meeting Aug. 27.

To continue with the project, Van Zandt needed and received the board's approval on a special-use permit for the current vacant property, and a “Comprehensive Plan Amendment” that allows for a residential development without a retail space.

The board may have voted unanimously, however, there was opposition met from residents in attendance who were skeptical about how the new development proposed at 103 S. Prospect Ave. would affect the current landscape of the downtown.

“From a personal viewpoint, this project is too massive for this site,” said resident Phil Altvater. “This is the gateway to our downtown and surely we can do better than this.”

The three-story development is proposed to be 40 feet in height with the south end of the building, nearest residential property, to have a 25-foot setback in compliance with the village's zoning ordinance, according to a news release from the village. Unit sizes will also vary from 1,605 square feet to 2,520 square feet.

Longtime resident Pat Simpson agreed with Altvater and said the proposed structure is too massive. She also cited that the village and residents are still discussing aspects of the Downtown Master Plan and it's too early to approve such a structure.

“The village is in the middle of redesigning downtown and a lot of residents said they wanted it to remain quaint,” Simpson said. “This does not have a small town feel.”

Despite some opposition, the board unanimously agreed to continue with a second consideration stating that Van Zandt has complied with all the zoning laws.

“I was very pleased with what I saw,” said Village President Thomas Karaba. “I really like the building itself.”

Second consideration will now take place during the Oct. 21 village board meeting.

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