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Elburn Station development talks may heat up next week

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – There was little talk of the planned Elburn Station development at Tuesday’s Elburn Village Board meeting. Village President Dave Anderson has been adamant that all trustees be present for serious debate of the project, and with board member Ethan Hastert missing from the meeting, Anderson pushed for discussion to be put off until next week’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Anderson brought up four key issues that village leaders aim to work out with developer ShoDeen on the plan, which is projected to bring about 2,200 homes into the village in the next 20 years. Those issues include the number of multifamily units in the plan, the concern over the developer’s financial situation, a pedestrian bridge planned for the development and senior housing issues.

Anderson said he anticipates there will be discussion next week, with a list eventually taken to the developer. He said it’s possible that a vote could happen by mid-February.

Two residents spoke in favor of the project during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting. Fred Houdek addressed the issue of renters and said that it shouldn’t be assumed that renters don’t care about the property in which they live. He told board members he had “great faith” in them to work out the best deal.

Another resident, Tom Gush, noted the urgency of the project, which is tied to the extension of Anderson Road and a bridge that would offer a crossing of the train tracks. Gush said any delay could jeopardize the federal funding that is in place for the project. Gush said he understands there are opponents of the project, but that opposition is not insurmountable.

The Committee of the Whole meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday.

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