City Council Approves New Developments

Once an abandoned golf course on the Northwest side of town, this area of land will now be space for 303 new houses as part of a new subdivision development called Atwater.

Pulte Home Corporation of Schaumburg got approval from City Council for their new site near Route 59 and Diehl Road, once home of Country Lakes Golf Course. The development will feature homes designated for a 55 and older community, 110 acres of open land, two new parks and a walking trail.

But not all residents were on board for the new development, citing problems already at hand for the area.

“We all have concerns about traffic in the already congested area, traffic safety has always been a major issue even prior to the expansion on Route 59 and all the construction that seems to never end,” said one woman who spoke during public comment.

“The golf course does flood and I actually have a basement, and it’s nicely protected because of the way it was designed for the water to run into the golf course, so I do have a concern about building up and the water running back,” said another speaker.

Despite the concerns, Council voted seven to two to move the project along. Councilwoman Judy Brodhead welcomed the idea, especially considering the amount of open land that will come with the project.

“I see what they are trying to do here as an improvement and something that will be an enhancement to the city,” said Brodhead.

House prices will start between $400,000 and $600,000.

Also approved at City Council, the temporary street closure of sections of Van Buren Avenue for construction on North Central College’s Science Center, which will close portions of the street from June of this year to April 2017.

And a local church got the okay from city council to use outdoor amplifiers for four outdoor services and events this summer despite concerns from nearby neighbors about previous noise problems.

While Our Saviour’s Lutheran church received the permit for the events, city officials reminded them that the permit can be revoked if the problems continue.

One last bit of business, it’s official- former Mayor Pradel is now Mayor Emeritus, an honorary position created to allow him to represent Mayor Chirico at ribbon cuttings and other fundraisers he cannot attend.

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