Proposed subdivision on hold near south Naperville

A proposed development of houses, townhouses and apartments that is seeking annexation into Naperville but is unpopular with neighbors appears to be on hold.

The Polo Club subdivision pitched by builder D.R. Horton originally was scheduled for a Wednesday discussion in front of the Naperville City Council. The latest plans submitted to the city call for 126 houses, 221 townhouses and 290 apartments on a 110-acre property at the northeast corner of 119th Street and Route 59 in an unincorporated portion of Will County.

But spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said the city got a letter late Monday from D.R. Horton asking the council to delay action and scrub the scheduled public hearing.

The company told the city that Polo Club Multifamily, LLC, a contract purchaser on 19 acres of the 110-acre plot, terminated its contract that would have led to construction of 290 luxury apartments. The letter to the city said D.R. Horton now is considering alternate plans for the apartment section of the property, located on the south end of the plot closest to 111th Street.

A spokeswoman for the developer did not respond to a request for comment.

Residents of nearby Naperville and Plainfield subdivisions, such as Fred Harms, Jeff Maxick and Beth Quint, have complained since this summer about the density of the plans and the high number of proposed units - especially the townhouses and apartments, which they say don't fit the character of the largely single-family area.

Some neighbors say construction of the Polo Club plans would worsen backups on 111th Street heading west toward Route 59, and others say it would lead to cut-through traffic past their homes because of a proposed extension of Book Road.

The land for now remains a collection of sporting fields and auxiliary buildings.

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  Fred Harms, Jeff Maxick and Beth Quint live in different subdivisions near the site of a proposed development called Polo Club in south Naperville and they are all voicing concerns about the traffic and safety. Marie Wilson/ July 2018
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