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Published April 3, 2008

Hinsdale Club OK'd, demo
expected to start soon

  By Polly Rix

   A revised, scaled back Hinsdale Club plan gained approval Tuesday with the blessing of officials and opponents.
   Trustees voted 4-0 to approve three separate resolutions, which will give developer Foxford LLC the go-ahead for the mixed-use development. Foxford first approached the village with plans in September 2006 to build The Hinsdale Club on a 20-acre parcel north of Ogden Avenue. Trustee Mike Smith abstained.
   At 9 a.m. Wednesday, DuPage County 18th Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Popejoy accepted the settlement agreement and dismissed the suits, Village Manager Dave Cook said.
   The resolutions approved a settlement between the village, the developer and residents named in the lawsuit (Village of Hinsdale vs. Baldwin, et al), minor and major adjustments to the development plan, and the amended and restated development agreement between the village and the developer.
   Final plans for the project must be approved by July.
   Foxford attorney Bruce Goldsmith recapped the lengthy process Tuesday, adding that the project will generate new tax revenue for the village and school districts.
   “We are bringing some new and exciting uses to this corridor,” he said.
   Officials, Foxford and residents named in the suit agreed to the following terms:
   • the number of residential units decreases from 271 to 145, with the option of increasing to 160
   • the hotel height decreases from nine stories to eight
   • the height of two condominium buildings decreases from eight stories to six
   • the condominium building closest to Graue Mill is replaced with three-story townhouse units
   • two of the three mixed-use buildings decrease from three stories to one
   • none of the residential units will be offered as rentals by Foxford
   • Road D, which Graue Mill residents use to exit their campus and access York Road or Ogden, will be maintained and repaired by the village indefinitely
   Once Foxford pays the required fees and completes its paperwork, the demolition permit for 1 Salt Creek Lane will be handed over, Cook said Wednesday. Foxford then will begin constructing building F, a retail-commercial building with third-floor offices that faces Ogden.
   “A lot of high-end features are included in the development from the standpoint of landscape and architecture There are a variety of roof elevations, materials, awnings and window size,” Goldsmith said.
   Resident Nick Etten said opponents’ persistence and commitment paid off. Settlement discussions began before Thanksgiving.
   “Like any compromise we did not achieve every objective each of us would have wanted,” Etten said. “However, we believe the settlement is a tremendous and positive step in decreasing the density and intensity of The Hinsdale Club and ensuring, as best as we can, that this project does not become a template or precedent for similar projects.”



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