Stories of the Year: Elburn Station gets green light

After months of discussion, Village Board OKs development

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 8:18 a.m. CDT
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The Elburn Village Board in 2013 approved the plans for ShoDeen to build the Elburn Station development, in the area near the village's Metra station. Construction cannot begin until the completion of the Anderson Road extension, which includes a bridge that will take traffic over the train tracks. That work is underway and could be completed in late 2014.

ELBURN – After months of discussion, Elburn Village Board members in March approved a project that will help shape the future of the village.

Elburn Station, a ShoDeen development, is slated to bring 2,215 new homes to the village over a 20-year period, in the area near the Elburn Metra station.

The green light for the project also removed an obstacle for the extension of Anderson Road, which will lead to the creation of a bridge to provide a crossing of the train tracks that divide the village.

Some officials feared that millions of dollars in federal, state and local funding could have been put in jeopardy if the debate were to have gone on through the summer.

The groundbreaking for the Anderson Road project has taken place. No development will take place in Elburn Station until the road extension and bridge work are completed.

Trustees debated the plan, with board member Bill Grabarek leading the charge to hammer out items and raise questions to go over every detail possible.

There are restrictions – the number of multifamily units will be restricted to 600, and, of that total, 200 must be designated as senior housing.

– Al Lagattolla

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