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Lemont Village Board clears way for new housing development

LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board annexed 6.5 acres of land on the east end of Stoney Brook Drive in Mayfair Estates and approved a planned unit development for a new housing subdivision during its Monday meeting.

The subdivision, proposed by Tempo Development Inc., would include 19 lots and be bordered on the east by Interstate 355.

The board had to change the zoning requirements for the land because 19 lots were too dense under the previous zoning requirements.

The village had agreed that the smaller lots are the most economically viable layout for the size of the area.

Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said the new housing development is a sign of improvement in the Lemont housing market.

"This is our first annexation in a long time, in regards to a new subdivision," he said. "I am very excited about the uptick."

Reaves said he believes the village is on track for 100 applications to build houses this year, an increase from recent years but still short of Lemont's peak of around 200 houses during the last housing boom.

In other board news:

• The board approved bids for street resurfacing and brick paver replacement projects.

The resurfacing bid was for $576,999.25, which is 4.54 percent below the engineer's estimate.

There are 11 streets scheduled for resurfacing, along with miscellaneous water service pavement patching on Illinois Street.

The brick paver bid was $253,800, which is 9.13 percent below the engineer's estimate.

The brick pavers will be replaced from State Street to Holmes Street and in Budnik Plaza.

• The traffic light scheduled to go up May 30 at McCarthy and Walker roads has been delayed because of a miscommunication between the construction company in charge of the project and ComEd.

Lemont Public Works Director Ralph Pukula said ComEd installed a street light instead of a traffic light and it will be two to three weeks before they can install the correct light.

• Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy said the police department collected $6,000 during its Cop on Top fundraiser at Dunkin' Donuts to benefit Illinois Special Olympics.

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