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updated: 9/3/2014 3:40 PM

Arlington Hts. OKs water rates, police study, new apartments

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An earlier version of this story incorrectly calculated the percent increase to water and sewer rates.

The Arlington Heights village board on Tuesday formally approved several large items that have been up for discussion within the past month.

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A new downtown apartment tower, increased water and sewer rates and a study about building a new police station were among the items that garnered approval.

All but one received unanimous consent from the village board, with Trustee John Scaletta voting no on the hike to water and sewer rates. The increase will come out to be a 44 percent compounded increase over five years, including a 19 percent bump in 2016 that Scaletta said would be too difficult for the taxpayers to handle.

Village officials said the water and sewer rate increases are necessary to pay for fixes to an aging and broken water main system.

The board also formally approved plans for Parkview Apartments, developed by Parkview Dunton LLC. The seven-story apartment tower will be built at 212 N. Dunton Ave. and will include 45 apartments in a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, along with two levels of parking and 1,254 square feet of retail space on the first floor. At least seven of the units and as many as 19 -- depending on financing -- will be maintained for residents who qualify under affordable housing guidelines.

Trustees Jim Tinaglia and Carol Blackwood recused themselves due to business-related conflicts of interest with the project.

At various points in the approval process, residents expressed concerns about parking and the affordable units to be included in the project.

On Tuesday, resident Sandy Ruppert, whose mother lives in a neighboring building, addressed the board with concerns that the new building will be too close to a condo complex nearby.

"I don't think its right to put a parking garage so close to someone's home," she said.

On Tuesday the village also formally approved a study with FGM Architects in an amount not to exceed $70,355 to study a new police station. The point of the study is to determine if it is feasible to build a new station on the existing municipal campus site and come up with design concepts. Interim Village Manager Diana Mikula said the village will be posting regular updates about the police station process on the village website starting Wednesday.

Another item approved on Monday related to a developer for TIF IV, an area near the intersection of Arlington Heights and Golf roads and including the International Plaza shopping center. Steve Leonard received a 12-month contract, with the possibility for a three-month extension, to work with possible tenants and come up with a development plan for the area.

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