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W. Dundee making progress on Randall Road development

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West Dundee officials have taken another step toward creating a presence on Randall Road with a proposed residential and commercial development.

Monday night, the committee of the whole approved a revised site plan for what's known as the Galvin Property and sent it on to the planning and zoning commission for further review. Barrington-based Shorewood Property Investments, which devised the site plan, will also create a preliminary plan for the commission to see.

The Galvin Property comprises 247 acres on Randall Road between Route 72 and Binnie Road in unincorporated Kane County.

Shorewood Property Investment hopes to build 13 apartment buildings with a total of 234 units in addition to 551 parking spots, including spaces on the street, in garages and within driveways.

Rents would range from $1,100 a month for a one-bedroom apartment to between $1,600 and $1,700 a month for a three-bedroom apartment.

"This is a big undertaking," said Mike Origer, owner of Shorewood.

Amenities would include tennis courts, a pool, wetlands, open space and a pair of walking paths. The revised plan also increased the space between the buildings, the distance between them and the commercial area and changed the density when it lowered the number of buildings from 14 to 13 and the number of apartments from 252 to 234.

The Galvins would market two on-site commercial parcels comprising eight acres for retail development, Community Development Director Cathleen Tymoszenko said.

West Dundee officials say the property's development and subsequent annexation would help spur economic interest and expansion along its portion of the Randall Road corridor.

Monday night, the village board posed several minor questions about the plans.

Trustee Daniel Wilbrandt wondered if snow removal would be an issue, since the buildings would be in a horseshoe formation -- Jim Origer, a partner in Shorewood Property Investments, said that wouldn't be a problem.

Village President Chris Nelson asked that the developers use natural materials in the construction as much as possible during the construction and do their best to keep the buildings from looking identical.

The village board originally reviewed the initial annexation agreement and use map over the summer. But the owners sent a letter to the board, telling trustees they had entered into an agreement with a multiple family developer to sell off a portion of the land. The Galvins asked to delay the annexation so the development could be completed with the annexation.

If all goes well in the review process, construction would start in February 2014 and wrap in April 2015, Origer said.

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