[Shaw Media file photos]
[Typical of each discussion, a crowd turned out for the Batavia Plan Commission meeting about the Campana building Aug. 2 at the Batavia Government Center.]
Evergreen wants to put 80 apartment units inside the building in a $30 million project. The firm would use affordable housing tax credits to provide 64 income-restricted units, and historic preservation tax credits to restore the 1936 factory building.
As a condition of the council committee’s approval, Evergreen must construct a stormwater detention system on the property.
Evergreen’s proposal includes 206 parking spaces, but the city can force the developer to increase the number of spaces to 301 later, if it is deemed necessary. Doing so would trigger a Kane County law to install the stormwater system, but aldermen decided to impose that requirement immediately.
Without the additional parking, the development’s tot lot and soccer field can be located on the northwest corner of the property rather than in front of the building. If the parking increase is invoked by the city, the soccer field would have to be moved to the front lawn.
Evergreen Director of Development David Block, who contends that the additional parking will not be needed, agreed to the requirement, and an engineer on his development team said constructing the system immediately can be done.
“Actually, I think it’s a nice compromise,” Block said after the meeting.