Chicago suburb Homer Glen opposes second development this month

Residents worried about population density

Chicago /
Jan.January 28, 2022 02:38 PM

Residents of Homer Glen, a Chicago suburb, opposed a second residential development this month (Village of Homer Glen, iStock)

Homer Glen officials have asked a developer to change a proposal for a 256-unit apartment complex because it would be too dense for the area. It’s the second proposal refused this month.

Portfolio Properties is proposing the Gateway at Lucas Farm, an 80-acre residential and community development at 12458 W. 159th St., according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Our residents have been very clear that high density is not something they want,” Trustee Nicole La Ha told the Tribune. “We are here to represent our residents.”

The plan calls for 256 luxury apartments in four buildings, underground parking, a clubhouse, a pool and 50 townhouses. A shopping center anchored by a grocery store would be built on 43 acres and pedestrian trails would be added to 12 acres of wetlands.

John Rogers, president of Portfolio Properties, told the Village Board the development, near the Homer Glen border with Orland Park, would be a “front door” to Homer Glen and Will County and attract young professionals and empty nesters, the Tribune reported.

According to developers, the commercial portion has attracted interest from national and regional brands. The stores could generate $2 million to $3 million in annual sales tax revenue for the village.

The proposal has not come to a vote so that Portfolio Properties can adjust it to cater to local demands.

Village officials told Developer IMX Homes that its proposed residential development several miles west on 159th Street was also too dense. That project would have created 26 duplexes and 160 town houses on about 50 acres of vacant land.

[Chicago Tribune] – Harrison Connery





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