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Village Board to vote on new housing development at next meeting

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 1:58 p.m. CDT

LEMONT – The village of Lemont has moved a step closer to approving a 19-house residential development near I-355 and 127th Street.

The Lemont Village Board agreed to vote next month on preliminary approval of a housing development plan on the 6.5-acre property east of Mayfair Estates.

Because of the number of houses that would be built on the property, the project would require rezoning from a low density to a medium density residential development.

John Ford of Tempo Development Inc. presented his initial proposal to the village board in July and has made multiple revisions to address concerns from the board and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Lemont Planning and Economic Development Director Charity Jones said the board's preliminary approval would mean the village approves of the concept of the project.

After further planning by the developer, the project would have to come back to the board for final approval before construction could start.

Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said that the housing development would be the first of its size built in the village in at least five years.

"I think (Ford's) done a phenomenal job as far as working within the constraints of the property, and I think it would add a lot of value to the area," he said.

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