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Luxury complex ok’d for local community

Madhu Mayer, news@thetimesweekly.com | 11/27/2018, 9:23 p.m.
news@thetimesweekly.com Despite the dissension of three trustees, Mayor Michael Collins broke the 3-3 tie as the Plainfield Village Board approved ...

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Despite the dissension of three trustees, Mayor Michael Collins broke the 3-3 tie as the Plainfield Village Board approved the site plan for a luxury apartment complex on Wallin Drive west of the Cedarlake senior living facility.

Developers are proposing a 284-unit multiple-family project on 14.7 acres east of Wallin Drive. The parcel is zoned for 700 units and to date 186 units have been constructed. If the 284 apartments are developed, the total number of units would be 470, leaving a surplus of 230 units below what is approved in the annexation agreement.

Voting against the luxury apartment site plan proposal last week were trustees Margie Bonuchi, Ed O'Rourke and Brian Wojowski. Voting for the development were trustees Bill Lamb, Cally Larson and Larry Newton.

The plan shows the applicant is proposing a 14.7-acre luxury garden-style apartment community, which includes 284 apartments in eight buildings, one club house and 526 parking spaces.

There are two types of apartment buildings, with four buildings for each building type. Building A is proposed to have 37 units per building, which include six studios, six one bedrooms, 19 two bedrooms and six three bedrooms. Building B will accommodate 34 units, including 19 one bedrooms, 12 two bedrooms and three three bedrooms. The central community activity area consists of a clubhouse, a pergola/open kitchen, and an uncovered pool. Some other recreational facilities include a bocce site and a dog park for small and big dogs.

The idea of having so many apartments close to downtown worried area resident Margaret Vais of Plainfield.

"We already have enough traffic in this area," she said. "Putting so many people together in this one particular section will only amplify the problem."

But James Wollinski, who rents an apartment in the downtown area, said the development will help people who cannot afford expensive homes in the community.

"A lot of people, especially millennials, want to come to Plainfield," he said. "But we don't want to live in big homes that require a lot of upkeep. We want to rent a nice apartment that is close to downtown where there are restaurants and bars."