Den­sity con­cerns stall Homer Glen pro­posal

De­vel­oper wants to build 275 homes, down from 283

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - News - By Michelle Mullins

The Homer Glen Vil­lage Board has sent a pro­posal for a large res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment back to the vil­lage’s Plan Com­mis­sion to re­view af­ter some changes were made to the de­vel­op­ment plan.

M/I Homes, which has built homes in nearby Le­mont, Or­land Park and Lock­port, nowwants to build 275 new homes in­Homer Glen.

If ap­proved, the­new­sub­di­vi­sion, South Pointe, would be built on 135.5 acres of a for­mer farm along the south side of 159th Street, west of Stone­bridge Drive. Plans in­clude 104 town­houses with garages in the back, 124 tra­di­tional town­houses with garages in the front and 47 sin­gle­fam­ily houses.

It also would in­clude about 19.5 acres of fu­ture com­mer­cial space along 159th Street, but no spe­cific plans have been sub­mit­ted for this por­tion of the de­vel­op­ment.

This lat­est pro­posal is a slight re­duc­tion from the orig­i­nal plan, which in­cluded 283 to­tal homes, ac­cord­ing to vil­lage doc­u­ments.

In the newer pro­posal, the de­vel­oper also lim­its the town­house build­ings to a max­i­mum of four units per struc­ture, elim­i­nat­ing all of the five- and six-unit build­ings. The plan also low­ers the den­sity of the town­house de­vel­op­ment from 8.9 homes per acre to 6.71 homes per acre.

The pro­posal has raised con­cerns from nearby res­i­dents who ob­ject to the de­vel­op­ment’s high den­sity.

Res­i­dent Craig Linde- mann told theVil­lage Board he has a pe­ti­tion signed by 288 neigh­bors who are against the new de­vel­op­ment.

Trustee Sharon Sweas said she would like to see fewer town­houses and more sin­gle-fam­ily homes.

Board mem­bers also said they would like the new sub­di­vi­sion to con­nect to ex­ist­ing neigh­bor­hoods through walk­ing paths or trails.

The South Pointe de­vel­op­ment pro­posal is ex­pected to bring nearly 659 new res­i­dents to the vil­lage, in­clud­ing 107 school-age chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to Homer Glen of­fi­cials.

The Plan Com­mis­sion is likely to re­view the new plans next month be­fore send­ing the pro­posal back to the Vil­lage Board for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Michelle Mullins is a free­lance re­porter.

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