Lengthy-idle property close to busy nook in Libertyville permitted for townhouses, business use

A outstanding however long-idle property close to a closely traveled intersection in Libertyville shall be developed as a townhouse group.

After greater than a yr, Liberty Junction — a challenge for 80 townhouses in 16 buildings south and west of Milwaukee Avenue and Route 137 — has acquired the required village approvals with web site work to observe subsequent month.

Authorized plans for the irregularly-shaped property behind and between the Ace Ironmongery store and Wildberry restaurant additionally name for the creation of a development-ready business lot alongside Milwaukee Avenue, improved and expanded parking for Wildberry and building of a street to attach Adler Drive with Route 137. Two candidates are searching for completely different makes use of beneath a single plan for the positioning.

“The following part is web site growth and constructing permits,” mentioned John Spoden, group growth director.

The 15-acre property is the previous web site of the Nineteen Fifties-era Hitch-Inn Publish motel, which after additions introduced it to a peak of 144 rooms earlier than it closed in 2005. The buildings had been demolished in 2010.

Village officers take into account the world to be a chief spot for redevelopment, however it has remained vacant and idle. There have been many inquires through the years however nothing materialized, Spoden mentioned.

Liberty Junction has been pursued by Chicago-based ILM Houses Inc.

“It took the remarkably shut collaboration of the village, the proprietor of Wildberry restaurant, the property house owners and us to fulfill the targets of everybody and procure the approvals,” mentioned ILM President Moises Cukierman.



“This nook is the gateway to Libertyville. The land has been vacant, fallow and unattractive for 15 years,” he added. “The permitted growth will without end considerably enhance the looks of this entrance to the village.”

Throughout public hearings, owners to the south had been involved about business and different site visitors, density and top of the townhouses and the potential affect of extra youngsters on native faculties.

ILM lowered the variety of townhouses from 90 to 80, reoriented buildings on the west aspect of the property, added open area and lowered the variety of detention areas amongst different changes.

The village board Tuesday voted 5-1 to rezone the 12-acre portion for residential use, approve a closing plan for the general web site and growth agreements, which define the events’ tasks.



“The builder has performed an excellent job of compromising in bringing down the variety of models they needed so I believe it is a good match for that location,” Trustee Dan Love mentioned.

Trustee Matthew Krummick voted towards saying Liberty Junction had many extra residential models than envisioned the village’s 2030 plan.

Mayor Donna Johnson mentioned that plan supplied a baseline not a tough cap.

ILM could have shepherded the challenge however plans to promote its curiosity to Pulte Dwelling Firm LLC, which can construct the challenge and should abide by the permitted growth settlement.

Matt Goetz, vice chairman of land for Pulte in Illinois, mentioned the townhouses shall be of the identical high quality as The Residences at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills. The corporate additionally has tasks in Lincolnshire, Mundelein and Lindenhurst.


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