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La Grange Plan Commission approves multiple family development

LA GRANGE – In a 6-0 vote, the village of La Grange Plan Commission approved a proposal for a multiple family development in La Grange after a public hearing Tuesday.

The proposed apartment building, at 31 E. Ogden Ave., will consist of 278 apartments, each ranging from $1,300 to $3,000 per month, according to Assistant Community Development Director Angela Mesaros.

When asked about the type of occupants they anticipated, Opus described the target market being "renters by choice," according to Mesaros, who said that includes empty nesters, young professionals and those beginning families.

Along with the residential building, Opus' plan also calls for a 9,000-square-foot retail space in a separate building at the corner of La Grange Road and Ogden Avenue.

During the hearing, Opus addressed questions and concerns raised by the commission at a previous hearing, according to Mesaros. She said the questions were in regards to the Locust Avenue realignment, the design, green space for walking, retail circulation, parking convenience and more.

Before the commission members could speak, seven members from the public voiced their opinion.

One La Grange Park resident described her support for the development and its pedestrian friendly safety improvements. Three residents from the La Grange Towers, 141 N. La Grange Road, weren't as supportive, as they voiced concern over the area's traffic flow.

Nearing the close of the public hearing, the commission thanked Opus for addressing the main concerns and asked about the developer's estimated contracting cycle, which Mesaros said the anticipated timeline would be an 18-month construction period.

In a roll call vote, the six present commission members all voted in favor of Opus and its planned development.

Moving forward, although Opus wants to begin construction this fall, the plan will need to be passed by the Village Board first.

Mesaros said the matter will most likely go in front of the board at one of their August meetings.

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