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Published March 22, 2007

Hinsdale Club revisions earn village support

  By Pamela Lannom

   The third time was the charm for Foxford LLC.
   The third version of The Hinsdale Club, a planned unit development for almost 20 acres north of Ogden Avenue, has passed the first two hurdles for village approval.
   Plan commissioners voted 6-1 to recommend the plan after the third public hearing on the project March 14. The proposal’s next stop was at Monday’s zoning and public safety committee meeting, where members voted 4-0 to recommend the plan to the full village board.
   “I did not like this thing the first time,” ZPS Chairman Coleman Tuggle said, referring to an initial plan that called for 10- and 12-story condo buildings, a 12-story hotel and a freestanding pharmacy. He praised the plan commission for its work.
   “I think community input really made a big difference with the final product here, so I’m supportive as well,” he said.
   The plan commission must approve its findings on the development April 11 before the full village board can vote on it. The board meets April 17 and May 1.
   Monday’s night’s crowd was far smaller than those at the public hearings. Only two residents spoke against the project Monday, down from nine at the March public hearing.
   For the first time at that hearing, audience members spoke in support of the project. Jim McMahon, co-chairman of the Ogden Avenue solutions exploration group; Paul Sigfusson, park and recreation commission chairman; Kevin Kane, village finance commission chairman; and Dave Friedman, chairman of the northtown solutions exploration group and part of the strategic planning committee, all argued for its approval. So did Jackson Street resident Dave Nelson.
   “I’m just excited that this project could possibly happen, mainly because it’s going to be a destination where you can go to a restaurant,” he said. “There’s going to be retail. My family can stay at a hotel when they come to visit.”
   The residents who spoke against the project cited concerns that have been raised before — primarily density and traffic and questions about whether the development is appropriate for Hinsdale.
   Plan commissioners decided it is.
   “Each time the developer has come back with something better than the last time,” plan commission Chairman Laura LaPlaca said March 14. “At a certain point, it is their best offer, and I think the fact that they came down significantly in height on all the buildings, including the hotel, is really positive.”
   Commissioner Dennis Parsons said the plan’s architecture improved 1,000 percent.
   “I think overall it’s a lot better than what we saw at the beginning and it’s definitely more in keeping with the Hinsdale environment,” he said.
   Commissioners agreed the revenue The Hinsdale Club would generate is needed in the village. Projections show the development generating $1.1 million a year for the village, $1.3 million for Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 and $833,000 for Hinsdale High School District 86. The estimates take into account additional costs the development might mean for each of the taxing districts.
   “It’s certainly about the money,” Commissioner Neal said. “Right now, the buildings there are generating no revenue or are revenue neutral. This project certainly would provide revenue.”

The winning proposal
Foxford’s latest plan for The Hinsdale Club shows several changes from the plan presented at the March 14 public hearing.
   The condo buildings are shorter and the number of living units has been reduced from 298 to 271. Parking near the three-story mixed-use building east of Salt Creek Lane was moved underground.
   The latest revision calls for 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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