NORTH AURORA – The new year is expected to bring solid plans for a new development on the former Fox Valley Golf Course site on Route 25, Village President Dale Berman said.
Officials are hoping that the application for an age-targeted, over-55 community on 100 acres will come early in the new year, Berman said.
“That’s probably one of the big issues,” Berman said. “We’ve been discussing it, and we are expecting [an application] within the first 90 days [of 2018]. We’re talking about 350 units with 700 people – more or less. We always need more houses to justify the retail we have.”
Developer D.R. Horton has made no official application as yet, Community and Economic Development Director Mike Toth said. The company has submitted plans that are under staff review, Toth said, and once the internal review is completed, the developer is expected to make an application that will then go into the hearing process.
The concrete silo on the property of Harner’s Bakery, 10 W. State St., North Aurora, is another major project for the village, Berman said.
“We own that,” Berman said. “And we are planning to develop the silo and the site around it for some recreational purposes. We are hoping to put an observation tower at the top and illuminate it and have a park-like setting down below. And we are working with the [Fox Valley] Park District to have a kayak and canoe launch there.”
The 98-foot-high silo is located east of Lincolnway Street and south of State Street and overlooks the Fox River, the Fox River Trail and North Aurora Island Park from the west bank.
The village has partnered with the North Aurora River District Alliance on the project. It awarded a bid for $64,000 to consultants Muller and Muller Inc. to begin developing final concepts that could be implemented in phases as early as summer 2018, documents show.
“It’s higher than anything else,” Berman said. “This is taller than the observation silo at Peck Farm Park. It would bring more interest to our riverfront. That would be the most important thing.”
The Geneva Park District’s Peck Farm Park silo is 30 feet high inside the structure, officials said, but probably another 20 feet outside.
“This is something to discuss and something to plan on,” Berman said. “It’s a big project for our North Aurora River District. I think it should be really great for the community.”
The new year also will herald a new community sign with LED lighting that can change more quickly and show more events than changing the sign manually, Berman said.
Another development is a new boutique hotel being built next to the Turf Room restaurant at 1033 Kilbery Lane. “It’s going to have three floors and 63 rooms,” Berman said.