Developer wants to build townhouses on Mundelein's northwest side
A 186-unit townhouse development has been proposed for vacant land on Mundelein's northwest side.
Developers with East Dundee-based Lennar Corp. want to build the homes on the west side of Route 83, north of Route 60. The property sits north of the Mundelein Crossings shopping center, which includes a Home Depot, a Super Target and many other retailers.
It also adjoins Ivanhoe Community Club Park.
Of the site's 40 acres, only 27 acres are buildable. In addition to the homes, a 2-acre park is planned.
"We definitely think that's going to be a great amenity for the community," landscape architect Rich Olson of Wheaton's Gary R. Weber Associates said during a presentation to the village board Monday night.
The rest of the site would be left as green space.
Lennar is proposing 112 townhouses that feature attached, two-car garages at the rear of the unit and 74 with the garage at the front. Possible sale prices weren't discussed.
All would be equipped with wireless equipment so residents could control thermostats and even locks with cellphones or other mobile devices, said Scott Guerard, Lennar's vice president of land acquisition.
"We have a national contract with Amazon, so all of these houses are actually smart houses," he said.
Motorists would be able to access the development through a road to be built at Field Crest Drive or a road that would lead in and out of the Mundelein Crossings shopping center between the Home Depot and the Super Target stores.
The village board took no action on the plan Monday, but trustee comments were largely positive.
Trustee Bill Rekus liked that the proposed layout calls for curved streets rather than long straight roads.
"I'm glad to see these curves," Rekus said. "It adds some variety and also (a) sense of place when you enter."
Mayor Steve Lentz expressed concern about truckers possibly using the neighborhood as a shortcut to get into the shopping center near the Home Depot and Super Target. But Olson said the proposed street layouts within the development likely would discourage that.
This isn't the first residential proposal for the land. Townhouses were proposed for the site in 2006 and again in 2007, but nothing came of the concepts.