Residents living near the site of a proposed 212-unit luxury apartment complex on Naperville’s southern edge say the traffic it will generate will only add to the congestion already clogging 111th Street.
Half a dozen residents appeared before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission last month to express concern about the number of vehicles that would enter and exit the complex in an area already in trouble due to its proximity to Route 59 and areas commercial.
Despite those complaints, Pollination Properties of Yorkville received the commission’s recommendation that the 20-acre site be annexed to Naperville and rezoned for a multi-family residential development.
The land, which was previously home to Lizzie’s Nursery, just behind the Naperville Marketplace shopping center, is currently in unincorporated Will County and is zoned for agriculture.
Residents will have another chance to voice their objections when the project comes to the Naperville City Council for final approval on July 19.
Patti Bernhard, an attorney representing the developer, said the Belvidere apartment complex will feature a series of two-story buildings along the exterior of the property with parking for the units in the center.
The plan is to preserve existing natural features of the site, such as a line of mature evergreen trees along the west property line that abuts the Tamarack Fairways neighborhood and a creek running through the northern portion of the site, Bernhard said. .
Amenities will include a clubhouse and pool, walking trails, a playground and a dog park, he said.
Apartment rents will range from $1,950 for a one-bedroom to $3,050 for a three-bedroom, Bernhard said.
Nadia Khalil, who lives in Tamarack Fairways, said traffic is already piling up on 111th Street during the afternoon rush hour as cars wait for traffic lights on Route 59. Additional vehicles will make things even worse, she said.
Tamarack Fairways resident Andrea Muhs said some mornings or late afternoons it’s hard to turn left or right out of her neighborhood.
He added that if the complex is built, he would like the developer to put up a fence in addition to the evergreen along the west side of the property to prevent apartment residents from entering his backyard.
Martin Samojedny, president of the Tamarack Fairways Home Owners Association, said the development hits the sixth-hole cart path at the Tamarack Golf Club.
He questioned how the development company planned to keep residents off the golf course.
Senior traffic consultant Javier Millan of Rosemont-based KLOA said other new development to the west and east was taken into account when his company conducted a study of traffic patterns for the proposed apartment complex, which is expected to increase traffic by 1%.
He suggested that one of the reasons people are noticing more traffic jams is because drivers on 111th Street are having to wait longer for the traffic light to turn onto Route 59.
Two months ago, the state, which has jurisdiction over Route 59, increased the traffic light cycle to 160 seconds in the afternoon, up from 140 seconds previously, to allow more vehicles on Route 59 to go through the light, Millán said.
While the developer agreed to Naperville’s 50% masonry requirement for the complex, city staff raised concerns that the buildings are “too repetitive,” said community planner Sara Kopinski, who works with the Department of Transportation. , Engineering and City Development.
Staff recommend varying rooflines, color, contrast or other modifications to avoid a drab look, Kopinski said.
Commissioner Oriana Van Someren said she had no problem with the appearance, adding that the drawings of the apartments looked like buildings in Northern California.
The commission recommended to the council that the design plans proceed as submitted.