Developer eyes River Grove for transit-oriented luxury apartment buildings
The River Grove Zoning Board recommends a developer project to build four luxury apartment buildings in what is now an olive grove at 8465 W. Grand Ave.
Members of the River Grove Zoning Appeals Board noted the concerns of registered residents at a public meeting of more than 90 minutes in court rooms Elmer Wolf Community Center, 2607 Thatcher Avenue, proposed June 27
The members of the Commission voted unanimously in favor of the project, citing the benefits it would bring to the remodeling of the former stadium of bowling, vacancies almost a dozen years.
“I was sitting and sitting and sitting,” said Mario Novelli zero balance member, a lifelong resident of the village. Bowling site is located in busy Great, adjacent to Thatcher Avenue. “I know there are a lot of concerns – very legitimate concerns, but I know … you have to do it to advance in the city.”
The problem still has a way to go. The recommendation can take place in the Grove Village Board River, which eventually declared in the project.
The Chicago-based petitioner, Noah Propiedades, proposes to destroy the old bowling alley and establish four new apartment buildings with 12 residential units each, a project estimated at an additional $ 10 million.
If the people approve the approval, developers want to start work before the winter, with a construction of 12 months, “said Bill Kokalias, the company’s chief architect.
The developers aim for millennia, going without cars near the city, as its market buildings where two bedroom units must run between $ 1700 and $ 1800 per month.
The site is about 650 feet from River Grove Station Metra qualifies as one of the first large-scale projects centered on public transportation village, as the town council passed an ordinance that has existed for several years promoting such a type developmental.
“We believe that the closeness of the site to Metra absolutely drives the demand for the project,” said Nicolas Ftikas Nicolás, developer of the lawyer in a popular audience.
During the latter part of the public session, residents, however, expressed concern about the proposed parking reduction in development, and impact on schools with the possibility of 48 new families arriving in the area.
Some have pushed the developer to market the property as condominiums. Representatives of developers said there was a possibility that buildings could be converted into condominiums on the highway, if demand is there, but now would not be possible.
In the parking lot, “it would be nice to see that everyone just jumped on the trains,” said Kurt Kuras, a board member at River Grove. However, “we’re still in the suburbs, not at Wicker Park, where everyone takes the train.”