Local Development Updates: Focus on Grainger & Green Acres Sites

Local Development Updates: Focus on Grainger & Green Acres Sites

Major development proposals for the former Grainger and Green Acres sites continue to evolve through the Village’s review process. Public hearings are expected to continue in November and December.

Grainger Site: The Plan Commission held its first public hearing on October 18 for a mixed-use development at 1657 Shermer Road, formerly the site of a Grainger facility and now owned by the Village. Quarterra Multifamily Communities, LLC (f/k/a Lennar Multifamily Communities) presented its plan to divide the property into (1) an 8.89 acre parcel with a 335-unit luxury apartment building and a separate restaurant building, and (2) a 1.49 acre parcel to be donated to Housing Opportunity Development Corporation for a 48-unit apartment building providing affordable, supportive housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The proposal requested rezoning of the property to the Village Green Residential/Commercial District along with other requests related to building height, parking, setbacks and other zoning restrictions.

Numerous members of the public submitted comments in person or by email with concerns about traffic, building height, and the density of the project. Commissioners echoed some of these concerns in their comments, but also indicated their hope that workable solutions could be reached through compromise. Quarterra is scheduled to return to the Plan Commission on November 1 with a revised proposal.

Green Acres Site: After receiving a negative recommendation from the Plan Commission in September, Erickson Senior Living has informed the Village that it intends to submit “significant changes” to its proposal for a 908-unit senior living campus at 916-1002 Dundee Road, the former Green Acres Country Club. At their October 25 meeting, Village Trustees voted to discuss Erickson’s new proposal at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting, with an eye to determining the best process for possibly re-opening public hearings on the proposal.

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