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Elburn hears of plans for development south of Keslinger

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:33 p.m. CST

ELBURN – Village officials Monday took part in a preannexation conference with a representative from a company who discussed a project that could include a mix of townhouses, single-family homes and commercial development.

Art Zwemke, a manager at the Robert Arthur Land Company, spoke during a Committee of the Whole meeting in Elburn on a plan for a 137-acre parcel on the west side of Route 47, south of Keslinger Road.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said staff members were seeking direction from Village Board members about whether to proceed, and board members supported that.

Zwemke said there previously had been interest at the location, but “at about the time we wanted to do something, the market dropped.” The plan calls for four benchmarks.

There would be no more than 150 single-family homes.

There would be no more than 120 townhouses. There would be 10 acres of commercial use.

Open space would occupy no less than 40 percent of the land. Zwemke said the gross density would be less than two homes per acre.

To the east of the development, across Route 47, is land that is expected to feature the future site of St. Gall Catholic Church.

The development also would sit near Welch Creek and the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club.

Zwemke said the project would be consistent with the village’s comprehensive plan, which was adopted last year.

Village President Dave Anderson said the Sportsman’s Club could be a concern for some future residents.

He said the club “has been good for the community,” but that some who live nearby at times will complain about the noise.

Zwemke said there would be no homes built adjacent to the club.

“It’s not for everybody,” Zwemke said of living near the club, but he mentioned that it could be spelled out in the deed.

Village Board member Pat Schuberg said she lives near the club but said she has become used to it.

The commercial development would be along Route 47, Zwemke said, noting that “it’s hard to sell homes that are right on a state route. … It would be a little bit of a buffer for us.”

Schuberg asked what type of commercial structures could be built, adding “I would hate to see another line of strip development. … I would rather not see commercial [than see such a development].” Zwemke said there perhaps could be offices there, such as a doctor’s office.

“I know what you are saying about strip centers,” Zwemke said. “They are everywhere, and many times they are empty.”

Zwemke said the company “would like to formally engage in the process” and said there could be some flexibility “to broaden the appeal.”

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