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Published April 19, 2007

Hinsdale Club earns unanimous approval

  By Pamela Lannom

   After months of hearings and multiple revisions to the plan, the Hinsdale Village Board unanimously approved The Hinsdale Club planned unit development Tuesday.
   “I’m ecstatic,” said Peter Brennan, president of developer Foxford LLC. “I’m looking forward to working with the village and starting the development. It really was a dramatic shift from where we started to where we ended up.”
   The plan for almost 20 acres north of Ogden Avenue was approved 6-1 by the Hinsdale Plan Commission March 14 and recommended 4-0 by the board’s zoning and public safety committee meeting March 19. The five trustees present at Monday’s meeting (Coleman Tuggle was absent) approved the plan with minimal discussion.
   Trustees did raise some concerns about the tenants that will occupy the two mixed-use retail and residential buildings along Ogden Avenue known as buildings D and E.
   “There may be a single tenant that comes it, but it’s not going to be a Home Depot,” Brennan said. “These buildings are not designed for a big box. They’re 75 feet deep.”
   Brennan said he’d like to open the field to as many retail outlets as possible and to restaurants.
   “Our marketing plan will be to market to restaurateurs, hoping for two in D and E and one in the hotel,” he said.
   Trustee Laura Johnson suggested including some permanent signs that would direct The Hinsdale Club’s shoppers and diners to the village’s central business district.
   “We’re trying to draw on the character that’s been created in Hinsdale. I think it’s a very good idea, something we could look at in the future,” Brennan said.
   Johnson also suggested the development agreement, which still needs to be negotiated and approved, prevent pharmacies from being part of the project.
   “We would not want the gateway into our village to be a Walgreens or a CVS pharmacy,” she said.
   Other trustees disagreed, saying they think most people’s objections to such pharmacies have to do with architecture, not use.
   “I certainly would not be in favor of putting that restriction in the development agreement,” Trustee Jean Follett said.
   One new announcement was that the village is working to take possession of Road D, which Graue Mill residents use to exit their campus and access York Road or Ogden. Many residents have said they’re worried about traffic from the new development traveling on the private road. The village also plans to take over Salt Creek Lane, village manager Dave Cook said.
   Trustee Vic Orler thanked plan commissioners for their hard work and Foxford for bringing empty-nester housing, retail stores, restaurants and a hotel to the village, all of which were deemed desirable in the resident survey.
   Trustee Cindy Williams praised Foxford for the changes made to the plan.
   “You’ve come a long way,” she said. “I very much appreciate that.”

Plan details
The Hinsdale Club development will include the following:
      • a 6/7-story condo building with 54 units wrapped in 14 townhouse units at the north end of the site
      • a 7/8-story condo building with 60 units wrapped in 10 townhouse units and six work-live units on the west side of the site that allow for professional work space below with living space above
      • a 7/8-story condo building with 58 units wrapped in 11 townhouse units and eight work-live units in the middle of the site
      • a nine-story hotel with 180 rooms east of Salt Creek Lane toward the rear of the site
      • a three-story mixed-use building at Elm Street and Ogden Avenue with 9,780 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 20 condo units above
      • a three-story mixed-use building along Ogden with 17,600 square feet of retail and restaurant space with 30 condo units above
      • a three-story mixed-use building on Ogden east of Salt Creek Lane with 22,700 square feet of first-floor retail space, 12,780 square feet of second-floor office space and 12,780 square feet of third-floor office space.



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