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Development plans new homes for local community

Madhu Mayer, news@thetimesweekly.com | 7/19/2018, 6 a.m.
Satisfied with architectural elevation revisions, the Plainfield Village Board approved a section of 127th Street, which is now farmland to ...

Satisfied with architectural elevation revisions, the Plainfield Village Board approved a section of 127th Street, which is now farmland to become a mixed-use development.

Last month the board granted approval for the final plat requested by McHale Enterprises Inc. to develop 55 acres of agricultural land north of 127th Street and west of Book Road into a residential and townhome development.

In 2017 the village board moved ahead with the annexation agreement and preliminary plat. But the village board at the June 18 meeting did not grant plan approval as several trustees had issues with the design of the buildings in the proposed development. Staff addressed the design issues with the builder and presented the final plans at Monday's meeting, which the trustees approve.

The revised elevations show that the townhomes will be constructed with vinyl siding and brick, architectural shingles, aluminum fascia with soffit and garage doors with windows.

Regardless of the changes, nearby resident Mackenzie Follett said the new project will bring more traffic to the area.

"This was a nice stretch of 127th Street where you didn't see subdivisions on top of one another," she said. "But that is all about to change for the worse." Phase I of the development is proposed to include 43 single-family detached residential lots, and 69 townhome units. Phase II consists of 112 homes on approximately 41 acres, as well as private roads, and out-lots with storm water detention and landscaping. Ultimately, the subdivision is proposed to have 154 residential units in total.

Right now, the developer proposes building 15 townhome buildings of three varying sizes. The plan shows McHale Enterprises will build 10 four-unit townhomes, one five-unit building and four six-unit townhomes.

Jonathan Proulx, director of planning for the Village of Plainfield, said single-family homes and townhomes will be built concurrently.