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Plainfield residential developer makes new plans

PLAINFIELD – A developer whose Plainfield townhome project failed to garner interest wants to convert remaining lots into single-family homes.

K. Hovanian Homes representative Vincent Rosanova presented plans to the village board to convert 84 undeveloped townhome units into 49 single-family home units. The original plan called for 116 townhome units. Of those, 32 are ready-for or already-built into the property.

“We feel this modification is consistent with the village’s comprehensive plan for this area,” Rosanova said, adding that the changes will decrease the residential density from 7.3 units per acre to 4.2 units an acre.

The 17-acre property is located south of 127th Street and west of Ridge Road. The already built townhomes surround Wild Rye Court. They are separated from the single-family homes, which would be constructed on Timber Wood Circle and Conifer Street, east of Timber Wood Way.

Lot sizes would range from 6,000 to 15,000 square feet, with house floor plans spanning 2,200 to 3,000 square feet. The homes also would conform with Plainfield’s single-family residential design standards.

Trustees generally agreed with the conversion, but several were concerned with smaller side-yard setback distances and lot sizes.

“The 6,000-square-foot lots are too small,” Trustee Bill Lamb said. “To me, looking at the layouts, it’s crammed in there.”

Lamb also said side-yard setbacks of five feet to the property line are not sufficient.

“I have concerns about safety and access to rooftops,” Trustee Paul Fay said. He also had concerns about the lot sizes.

Mayor Michael Collins said the design of the homes seemed monotonous.

“We want something that jumps off the page,” Collins said, expressing confidence in the developer to deliver. “I would like to see something that is a little more ‘I-want-to-really-move-here-because’ type of units.”

K. Hovanian was limited in the home designs because existing infrastructure was designed for townhomes, Rosanova said.

Trustees generally agreed the lot sizes should be no less than 8,000 square feet. The plans might come up for a vote at the next board meeting.

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