Long-sought revival of former industrial area on north side of Mundelein's downtown is underway

  • Demolition continued Friday to clear a site south of Route 176 and east of the railroad tracks in downtown Mundelein for Morris Station, a 139-unit townhouse development in 16 buildings.

      Demolition continued Friday to clear a site south of Route 176 and east of the railroad tracks in downtown Mundelein for Morris Station, a 139-unit townhouse development in 16 buildings. Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

  • Buildings on the east side of the railroad tracks south of Route 176 in downtown Mundelein are removed to make way for Morris Station, a 139-unit townhouse development.

      Buildings on the east side of the railroad tracks south of Route 176 in downtown Mundelein are removed to make way for Morris Station, a 139-unit townhouse development. Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

  • Demolition continued Friday to clear a site on the northern part of downtown Mundlein for what officials say will be a transformative residential project.

      Demolition continued Friday to clear a site on the northern part of downtown Mundlein for what officials say will be a transformative residential project. Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

  • A site east of the railroad tracks south of Route 176 on the northern entry to downtown Mundelein is cleared for a 139-unit townhouse development. Morris Station will straddle the tracks in what village officials say is milestone in reviving the former industrial area.

      A site east of the railroad tracks south of Route 176 on the northern entry to downtown Mundelein is cleared for a 139-unit townhouse development. Morris Station will straddle the tracks in what village officials say is milestone in reviving the former industrial area. Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

  • Morris Station in downtown Mundelein will consist of 139 rental townhouses on either side of the railroad tracks south of Route 176.

    Morris Station in downtown Mundelein will consist of 139 rental townhouses on either side of the railroad tracks south of Route 176. Courtesy of village of Mundelein

  • Morris Station in Mundelein

    Morris Station in Mundelein Courtesy Village of Mundelein

  • Morris Station in Mundelein

    Morris Station in Mundelein Courtesy Village of Mundelein

 
 
Updated 10/2/2022 7:28 AM

Demolition to prepare a site for what Mundelein officials say will be a transformative development in the northern part of downtown is well underway.

Morris Station calls for 139 townhouses across 16 buildings in an area straddling the Canadian National tracks between Morris and Seymour avenues from Route 176 south to Park Street.

 

Several industrial type buildings had been located in the area and the village since the mid-1990s has targeted it for revival with a mix of residential and commercial uses.

Local officials with representatives of the developers, Sterling Hall LLC, Hawthorne Management Services and Morris Station LLC, held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday.

"We've reached an important milestone to redevelop a former industrial part of town," said Mayor Steve Lentz. He said the project will introduce housing that currently is unavailable.

"Residents will be within walking distance to many businesses and will constitute a welcome and new customer base," he said.

According to the village, the townhouse project will improve the experience for those entering downtown from the north and be a complementary use to single-family residential areas to the east.

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Courtesy of the village of MundeleinThis rendering shows a townhouse planned for the 139-unit development in an area straddling the Canadian National tracks in Mundelein.
Courtesy of the village of MundeleinThis rendering shows a townhouse planned for the 139-unit development in an area straddling the Canadian National tracks in Mundelein. -

By Friday afternoon, a single-family home, 10-unit apartment building, the former Best Car Care -- which had long been a used car dealership -- and a Quonset hut that housed a variety of uses since being installed in the 1940s, had been removed.

All the structures were east of the tracks. The village in 2016 bought the former Bradco Supply Corp. which occupied the southern half of the property east of the tracks, and in 2019 acquired the former Alan Josephsen Recycling Center, which spanned the western side. Both were demolished.

Smaller residential projects had been pitched for portions of the site. But what became Morris station, a combination of public and private properties in a single, unified development, began taking root about two years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Among the project details are attached garages accessed by alleys; 1 to 3-bedroom units ranging from 526 square feet to 1,356 square feet respectively; pockets of open space on three corners and a small dog run on the eastern portion.

Mundelein will design and build sanitary and storm sewers, water mains, roads, sidewalks and landscaping on Morris and Seymour avenues and Park Street.

In addition, village incentives amount to about $1 million in impact fees, $100,000 in permit fees, reduction in land costs and a $2.1 million reimbursement through tax increment financing for land acquisition, demolition and other eligible costs.

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