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ShoDeen nears approval of Mill Creek apartments

GENEVA – A developer is nearing approval to build apartments near Mill Creek.

Tuesday, the Kane County Board Development Committee unanimously recommended the full County Board approve plans by Geneva-based development company ShoDeen to build an apartment complex on a pocket of land along Keslinger Road in LaFox.

Under the approval, ShoDeen would be allowed to build 268 apartments in 13 buildings in its proposed Vistas of Mill Creek project.

The decision marked the first action on the project since earlier this year, when the committee put off a decision on Vistas under pressure from Mill Creek residents strongly opposed to the project. Those residents feared that ShoDeen’s project, which at that time called for 390 apartments, would negatively affect their quality of life and home values.

ShoDeen had pushed the apartment plan since August 2011, when the company altered its earlier plans for the land. In 2005, the County Board had approved ShoDeen’s plans to build a shopping center, office park and 70 apartments on the 25 acres of land along Keslinger Road, east of Richardson Electronics.

ShoDeen believes the apartment project would better fit current economic realities and find more willing tenants because the project is about a mile from the LaFox Metra station.

In the months since the Development Committee shelved its apartment proposal, ShoDeen has met three times with Mill Creek residents and some county officials and revised the Vistas plan.

In October, ShoDeen’s most recent plan called for 290 apartments and about 15,000 square feet of commercial space, or enough for a small strip retail center.

County Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, who represents Mill Creek on the board, said he had met with about two dozen residents who still requested further reductions.

He suggested the County Board further limit the number of Keslinger Road apartments to 268, and require ShoDeen to build about 123 more apartments in Mill Creek’s Village Center area before beginning work on the Vistas.

Some on the committee also wondered whether the county and ShoDeen could find a way to build a bike path to run from Vistas to the LaFox station.

But Frasz said he believed future developments on the north side of Keslinger Road in LaFox likely would include such paths.

No Mill Creek residents attended Tuesday’s committee meeting.

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