Larson may be deciding vote on Schaumburg apartments

  • A rendering of one of the buildings in the 180-unit apartment complex proposed for a 6.5-acre site on Algonquin Road. Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson is expected to cast a tiebreaking vote on the project at the March 24 village board meeting.

    A rendering of one of the buildings in the 180-unit apartment complex proposed for a 6.5-acre site on Algonquin Road. Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson is expected to cast a tiebreaking vote on the project at the March 24 village board meeting. Courtesy of village of Schaumburg

  • Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson

 
 
Updated 3/12/2015 6:55 PM

Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson presides over the village board and plays a pivotal role in setting its vision and direction, yet he rarely votes on specific proposals.

But if a high-end apartment complex on Algonquin Road begins construction this year -- the first new rental property in the village in three decades -- it may be because of his vote.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

After the developers of the proposed 180-unit complex near the Motorola Solutions campus spent months alleviating the village zoning board's concerns about insufficient parking, village trustees appeared ready to cast a split vote during Tuesday's board meeting, at which Larson was absent and unavailable to break the tie.

The matter was deferred to the board's next committee-of-the-whole meeting -- but Larson is expected to be absent from that as well, due to his membership in a delegation to Springfield.

And so, a special committee-of-the-whole meeting has been set for the apartment proposal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 -- a half-hour before the next regular village board meeting.

Larson said Thursday that he would not be discussing his position on the apartment proposal until the committee of the whole meeting.

Monthly rents for the apartment complex, which the developers hope to complete in the fourth quarter of 2016, range from about $1,000 to $3,000.

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