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New plan for Cetron property in Geneva gets OK

Housing, commercial development on tap for former factory

GENEVA – Aldermen approved a preliminary planned unit development for Cetron Place, which includes a six-unit townhouse building with a shared courtyard area, 16 single-family homes with a shared courtyard area, a three-story mixed-use building with 5,450 square feet of retail space and 20 apartments.

The former factory site at 7 Richards Street would also have on-street and off-street parking spaces and the developer would also construct a bike path along the eastern boundary of the property connecting West State to Peyton Street, officials said.

Aldermen approved the plan at a continued City Council meeting July 9.

The move also required approval of rezoning several parcels in the area from residential to business, records show.

StreetScape Development LLC also sought permission to demolish the existing structures on the site and remediate any remaining hazardous waste on the site, documents show.

The applicant seeks individual lots that would be 29 feet in width and 100, 125 or 150 feet in length with single family homes to be two and three stories high, officials said.

The six-unit townhouse building is proposed to be three stories with attached two-car rear loaded garages, officials said.

A mixed use building at the corner of West State and Richards streets would be a three-story building with two floors of one-bedroom apartments above 5,450 square feet of commercial space with some covered parking spaces officials said.

Seventeen additional on-street parking spaces would be created along the east side of Richards Street, officials said.

In April, the Geneva Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval of the amendments and preliminary planned unit develop requests, as did the Committee of the Whole, officials said.

The previous proposal for the former factory site had been rejected as too large and dense for the area, drawing standing-room-only crowds.

Michael Olesen, owner of Stockholm’s in Geneva, along with James Dwyer, both neighbors to the development, said they supported the revised project as better than other options that had been considered.

“We feel it is a good transitional developmental use of the property,” Olesen said. “I’d love it for a park or library, but those options are not with us any more.”

“I think the development should be great,” Dwyer said.

Before that, Geneva Public Library officials had planned to purchase the site for a new library building, but decided in 2013 not to proceed because of the concerns about environmental cleanup costs.

Library officials have since bought the former Sixth Street School site and plan to begin construction on a new facility there.

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