ELBURN – Model homes have been built, deposits are being taken and a sales office is under construction for Shodeen Group’s Elburn Station project.
The Geneva-based builder is moving ahead rapidly with the first phase of a sprawling residential and commercial development that will ultimately cover more than 500 acres on both sides of Anderson Road.
Streets have been constructed while water and sewer lines have been installed for a 148-home portion of the development northwest of Anderson and Keslinger roads, said Shodeen President Dave Patzelt.
Nine model homes are complete, six more houses are under construction, and the 3,000-square-foot sales and design office is framed and under roof next to the intersection, Patzelt said.
Meanwhile, Shodeen has paid the village of Elburn $73,000 for a small piece of property within the development, resolving a land plat error.
Less than two acres that originally should have been conveyed to Shodeen’s ownership had not because of an incorrect legal description and remained in possession of the village as late as last fall.
About 20 home lots backing up to a detention pond were affected. Elburn officials regarded the situation as a minor nuisance and allowed Shodeen to begin construction on the affected lots anyway, while an appraisal was conducted to determine the value of the property.
The Elburn Village Board entertained the idea of a land swap with Shodeen, to obtain property elsewhere for a new water tower.
However, both Village President Jeff Walter and Village Administrator John Nevenhoven said it was ultimately determined that a better location for a new water tower would be much farther west, and in the end opted for a cash payment.
Walter, Nevenhoven and Patzelt all confirmed that the transaction has been completed and the land conveyed to Shodeen.
Elburn Station, named for its proximity to the Metra railroad commuter station, is a 20-year project. When complete, there will be a mix of 2,275 single-family and town homes, along with 247,000 square feet of commercial space.
The sales and design office at the corner of Anderson and Keslinger is just the start of what will be a 50,000-square-foot commercial center at that location, Patzelt said.
Shodeen and the village are investigating the possibility of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the railroad, connecting the Elburn Village Hall and Town and Country Public Library north of the tracks with the Metra station on the south side.
Patzelt said such a project could cost in the $1 million to $2 million range. He suggested the bridge might be located just to the west of the train station.
Nevenhoven, who said the village is planning to budget money for an engineering study, was doubtful about that location, noting that the Veteran’s Memorial Park north of the tracks is nearby.
In any case, Shodeen and the village are paving the way to secure a state grant to help fund a bridge if a site is agreed upon.
In a letter to Shodeen and the village dated late last year, Kane County Forest Preserve District Executive Director Monica Meyers wrote that the district supports pedestrian trails, regional trail connections and track crossings relative to the Elburn train station.
However, Meyers said in an interview that the district would not be interested in helping to fund a bridge, because no forest preserve property would be involved.