A housing development proposed for northwest Mundelein finally has received a green light from the village board.
K. Hovnanian Homes intends to build 63 single-family houses on vacant land near the southeast corner of Route 60/83 and Route 176.
The development will be called Maple Hill.
Hovnanian has a contract to buy about 20 acres of the 31-acre site from an operation called Clark Street Development, according to village documents.
The Clark Street group will retain the remaining land, which is on the north side of the property, for future commercial development.
The village board approved the plan Monday by inking a development deal with K. Hovnanian Homes.
The board also unanimously agreed to a few requests from the developer, the most significant of which changes the zoning of the 20-acre portion to residential. It had been zoned for a shopping center.
Likewise, the zoning for the 10-acre northern site was rezoned to general commercial.
Jon Isherwood, director of land acquisition for the developer, said he expects the houses will sell for between $330,000 and $500,000. Construction could begin this fall but could be delayed until early spring, depending on the weather, he said.
Sales would begin once site development is underway, Isherwood said.
Hovnanian's plan surfaced publicly in December. Company representatives and village officials spent the ensuing months turning the initial concept into a more detailed proposal.
One significant change was to the number of houses to be built. The plan dropped from 66 to 63 lots.
Votes were expected at a board meeting last month but were delayed because of some minor questions at village hall, officials said.
Hovnanian Homes also developed the relatively new Orchard Meadows subdivision on Route 83 north of Midlothian Road. Nearly all of those houses have sold, Isherwood said.
Especially in light of that development's success, Mayor Steve Lentz was excited about Maple Hill.
"We're so pleased with how Orchard Meadows turned out," Lentz said. "It's a real win for the village to have you guys aboard (again), taking on that piece of ground and coming up with an outstanding plan."