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Sugar Grove residents concerned about proposed multi-use development

Project details to be discussed at public hearing Jan. 16

Village of Sugar Grove
Village of Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE- Several Sugar Grove residents on Jan. 8 urged the Village Board not to rush their decision on a zoning change for a 760-acre development near the tollway that would allow for apartments, hotels, restaurants and warehouses.

The landowner, Crown Property, asked the village to rezone the property to PDD, planned development district, which also would permit single-family residential, retail and manufacturing use.

The property, currently zoned E-1, estate residential, is generally bounded by Seavey Road on the north, Il-47 on the West, Merrill Road on the south and I-88 on the east.

Village officials said details about Crown’s development plan will be presented at a public hearing of the Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, at Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive. There, a preliminary plat will show the developer’s proposed uses for different parts of the property, Village President Sean Michels said.

Trustees will vote on the zoning request at a future Village Board meeting to be announced.
Before then, Jason Mann of Sugar Grove wants trustees to let the public know what particular land uses they each favor for the development.

“It will all come out in the public hearing,” Michels said.

Mann opposes allowing multifamily housing in the Crown development.

“Apartment complexes, to me, mean crime,” Mann said.

Mann said he hopes the village doesn’t allow the development to include a waste transfer facility that could attract rodents. He also is concerned about potential increases in truck traffic from manufacturers and warehouses.

Village resident Rick Boyle opposes the urbanization that the development could bring to the community. He told the board he moved from Chicago to Sugar Grove because of the plentiful green space he and his wife saw on a satellite map of the village.

“I see deer in my yard and bald eagles on my way to work,” Boyle said. “When you urbanize, it’s like exchanging deer and bald eagles for rats.”

Another resident, Donna Baughman, is worried that existing homes will lose value as a result of the development and won’t be marketable.

Crown has owned the site for 15 years and because of market conditions didn’t pursue development until recently, when the Il-47 and I-88 interchange improvement project “brought it to a head,” Village President Sean Michels said.

The interchange improvements to create full east-west access are expected to begin in April and be finished this fall. In addition to the zoning change, Crown requested the assistance of tax increment financing (TIF) for the project. In December, the Village Board in December approved the preparation of a developer-funded feasibility study for one or more TIF districts covering all the property.

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