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Downers Grove

Village council gives final approval for supportive living facility on Lacey Road

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve for the supportive-living facility planned for the 4200 block of Lacey Road.

Developers plan to build a 97,000-square-foot supportive living facility on the wooded lot, and simultaneously buy and relocate Donegal Excavating from next door.

Neighbors have been frustrated for years over the noise and diesel truck traffic generated by Donegal. It is allowed to operate from a residentially zoned lot because of a 20-year-old court order that essentially grand-fathered it in. The court order is vacated by the agreement.

Village council members called the project a win-win at their meeting last month, when it was first discussed.

"Having a 120-unit senior living facility will be a benefit for our community," Village Commissioner Geoff Neustadt said at the time. "But there is also a sub-benefit in a kind of a micro level with the removal of an excavation company from Lacey Road. Many of us have sat up here and listened to the neighbors complain and have issues with constantly being bombarded by an excavation company across the street."

The wooded lot at 4200 Lacey Road, directly north of Donegal, picked for the 97,000-square-foot development is the fourth attempted location for the project by Delta Development and the engineering firm C.M. Lavoie.

Previously, a proposal for 63rd Street was denied by the village because it did not meet the five-acre lot size requirement; an attempt downtown was denied by commissioners who said it did not meet the goals for that area of town; and a second attempt on 63rd Street fizzled after opposition from neighbors.

At Tuesday's council meeting, village commissioners approved several zoning and financing items for development of the living facility.

Among the items was an ordinance to rezone a sliver of the property from light manufacturing to residential. Other items combine the three lots into one, and approve a special use for the facility.

To finance the project, the village also had a public hearing Tuesday night to sell a $20 million bond and loan the money to the developers.

Officials said the village would not be liable for the bond if the developers failed to make payments, and the bond would not affect the village's AAA rating.

Developers also asked the village to waive some permit fees.

C.M. Lavoie owner Christopher Lavoie said developers hope to break ground in December, weather dependant.

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