Proposed Apartment Complex Near Fox River In Reduced St. Charles – Shaw Local

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Plans for a proposed apartment building near the Fox River in downtown St. Charles are being scaled back after nearby residents continued to raise concerns about the building’s height and density.

The recently revised plans for the River East Lofts project plan to reduce the height of the building from 5 to 4 stories. The project is proposed to be constructed at the southeast corner of Illinois and Riverside Avenues on the site of the former St. Charles Chamber of Commerce building.

In addition, the number of units was reduced from 43 to 42 and the mix of units changed from 27 one-bedroom units/16 two-bedroom units to 12 one-bedroom units/30 two-bedroom units. Revised architectural plans were also submitted.

Other changes include reorienting the building to follow Riverside Avenue, removing the BMO ATM, and increasing the number of parking spaces from 53 to 60 spaces. The St. Charles Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on the new plans at 7 p.m. on July 19.

Developer Curt Hurst and his son, Conrad, own Frontier Development, which has been involved in several projects in downtown St. Charles. Over objections from neighboring residents, the St. Charles Plan Commission voted 5-3 in April to recommend approval of previous plans for a five-story building that would house one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as open spaces. commercial.

Planning Commission Chairman Peter Vargulich and Commissioners Karen Hibel and Jeffrey Funke voted against the plan. Vargulich expressed several concerns about the plan.

“You still have sidewalks adjacent to curbs and you have your higher traffic volumes in Illinois and Riverside,” he said. “From a pedestrian point of view, it’s not getting better.”

During the meeting, several nearby residents and business owners spoke out against the project, including Janet Foster, owner of Wilson Travel and Cruise, located near the project.

“My office window faces the project in question,” Foster told the commissioners. “The biggest concern I have is the density. I think throwing so many people into this small place doesn’t work, period. It’s just way too crowded for the street. These are small neighborhood streets They’re not big tracks And so I think that’s a problem And allowing a gap to get a building up higher so you can squeeze more people in there I think that has no sense and is not in anyone’s best interest.

She was also concerned that the project would negatively affect businesses in the area.

“I think all businesses in the area are going to be affected by any huge increase in traffic and the lack of parking,” Foster said. “I think we’re all going to suffer so that this project can have a fifth floor and as many people as possible.”

Martha Gass, who lives on 3rd Avenue South near the proposed development, told the commissioners the developer had not proven he needed the waivers he was asking for.

“The developer must prove that a special use of the PUD meets the criteria stated in the application,” she said. “We the neighbors would like to see the property developed in a thoughtful and harmonious way. He’s done some great other projects that we sincerely appreciate, but this PUD isn’t that. It’s a total overshoot.

Speaking about the project, Curt Hurst had told the plan commissioners that the proposed development “will better add to the diversity of housing options available in the city, while having less of an impact on the city’s resources than a conforming use , including parking, infrastructure, schools and traffic.”

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