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Duplexes proposed on site near Fox River in Geneva

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  • The Fox River and Fabyan Forest Preserve are attractions in Geneva. A plan for 22 duplexes is being considered near the south end of Island Park at Crissey Avenue.

      The Fox River and Fabyan Forest Preserve are attractions in Geneva. A plan for 22 duplexes is being considered near the south end of Island Park at Crissey Avenue.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer, file photo

 
 
A previous version gave an incorrect meeting day. The commission meets on Thursday.

The Geneva Plan Commission Thursday will take a preliminary look at a proposal to build 22 duplexes near the south end of Island Park, on a site identified as an "opportunity" in the city's Downtown/Station Area Master Plan.

Oak Creek Partners LLC is behind the latest idea for the 6.47-acre site at 228 and 306 Crissey Ave.

Geneva's sewage treatment plant, and the Union Pacific railroad bridge, are to the south. Single-family houses are to the north and east.

The duplexes would range in size from 3,000 to 3,500 square feet, including full basements. There would be a pedestrian/bicycle path and a bridge over a channel of the Fox River, to connect the subdivision to Island Park.

Thursday's meeting is to get comments from the commission and the public.

The northern part of the site once had a house, which was torn down in 2010. The southern end is where the city spread clean fill for about 30 years, and before that it was a city dump site.

In the 2013 Downtown/Station Area Master Plan, the property and those to the north were designated for row houses and multifamily housing, except for the former Mill Race Inn site at State Street and Route 25. It envisioned stores, restaurants and maybe a boutique hotel on the site of the former restaurant. It also envisioned an 80-space trailhead parking lot on the north, near State Street. The whole idea was identified as "Opportunity Site 6 -- East Shoreline Opportunity Concept."

Oak Creek Capital Partners LLC is building the Park Place townhouses on North First Street in Geneva.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. at city hall, 109 James St.

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