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Government

Elmhurst committee recommends approval of Hahn Street redevelopment

Members of the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee discuss zoning requests for a six-story mixed-use development in downtown Elmhurst at a Nov. 24 meeting and will recommend the Elmhurst City Council approve them.
Members of the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee discuss zoning requests for a six-story mixed-use development in downtown Elmhurst at a Nov. 24 meeting and will recommend the Elmhurst City Council approve them.

ELMHURST – Elmhurst’s Development, Planning and Zoning Committee will recommend the City Council approve a developer’s zoning requests for a Hahn Street mixed-use development.

“I think the council is clearly in favor of this concept,” committee Chairman and 5th Ward alderman Scott Levin said about the city-selected developer, Morningside Group, who was chosen to develop city-owned property in downtown Elmhurst just south of Panera on York Street.

The six-story development, called North District, will include 192 luxury apartments, 12,000 square feet of retail space, 153 public parking spaces, 335 residential parking spaces and a civic plaza.

In order to construct the development, Morningside requested a conditional-use permit for building height, as well as several variances related to density, dwelling units below the second floor, the number of retail parking spaces required, the number of residential parking spaces required, 26 tandem parking spaces in the residential parking area, sign area, and height and area of temporary development signs.

“Yes, there is a disconnect between our zoning ordinance and our comprehensive plan. There’s a disconnect within our comprehensive plan,” Elmhurst’s Planning and Zoning Administrator Than Werner told the committee.

Morningside’s plan calls for a net density of 87.46 dwelling units per acre. This number does not include the project’s public plaza in its calculation.

Werner pointed out that while the comprehensive plan sets a high-density maximum at 20 units per acre, the zoning code allows up to 75 dwelling units per acre in the downtown for senior housing.

“We’re not the only municipality that’s going through this,” Werner added about taller and higher-density building proposals.

The City Council is expected to vote on the committee’s report Monday.

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