January 18, 2017

New Senior Housing Coming to South Naperville

At the most recent City Council meeting, the group heard plans for the Ashwood Crossing neighborhood, an age-restricted community for those 55 and older.

While council agreed with the general plans of the development, they weren’t sold on the way traffic would need to be rerouted around it- a notion seconded by neighbors.

“If I live in the Tallgrass neighborhood and I want to get to Waubonsie or the soccer club that is near there, I have to go north, west, south and around. It makes no sense,” said Christine Jeffries, a Naperville Resident.

Despite the concern, officials with the city’s Transportation Engineering and Development team say the new traffic route, which would cut the connection between Wolf’s Crossing Road and 248th Avenue, would be the safest bet.

“I really think this is the best layout, and whenever we take the money off the table, we always look at safety first. Much better layout this way,” said Bill Novack, Director of the Transportation, Engineering and Development Group with the City of Naperville.

A public hearing on the matter will be open until February 21.

Also discussed at the meeting was the new route for the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K, which was approved by the council. Though the full marathon has been cut from this year’s event, participants will still be able to run for charities of their choice.

The race will take place October 22nd. The new 5K is nestled in the downtown area, utilizing part of the “Turkey Trot” route, and the new half marathon route will stretch from Ogden Avenue to 75th Street and between Berry Drive and Charles Avenue.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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