Sycamore Plan Commission approves older adult community housing units

November 13, 2018

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Plan Commission revisited and approved a proposed luxury townhome development for active adults ages 55 and older during its meeting Monday night.

The commission voted, 9-0, to allow developer Brian Grainger of Old Mill Park LLC to build 12 four-unit buildings on the southeast corner of Mount Hunger Road and North Main Street as part of the living community project. Commissioners Rose Treml, Penny Carter and Alan Zantout, who recently took Marvin Barnes’ place, were absent.

Grainger said there isn’t anything preventing the proposed development from going through the city after a total of $112,500 in taxes owed from 2008, 2009 and 2010 had previously prevented the project from moving forward.

“There are no more pending legal issues now,” Grainger said.

City Manager Brian Gregory said a three-way stoplight also would be installed at the intersection of Mount Hunger Road and Route 23.

“As far as when goes, that’s all based on warrants,” Gregory said, referring to whether the traffic that would come with the development would necessitate the light.

The commission also held a workshop to discuss Grainger wanting to build a continuation of the development, including 13 four-unit buildings and a clubhouse on more than 14 acres along North Main Street between Mount Hunger Road and Maplewood Drive. No action was taken regarding that Monday, but Gregory said city officials will continue to evaluate the ease of walking for the residents while moving forward with the extension project.

“This is more for concept tonight,” Gregory said.

Gregory said the City Council previously approved in 2016 a conditional rezoning of the 8.5 acres on the property south of Mount Hunger Road. The request to rezone the property from highway business district to multifamily residential came from Grainger, who wants to build the 12 four-unit buildings on that land, Gregory said.

Grainger said the new project is similar to Somerset Farms, which recently was completed after he took over the project several years ago. He said the Somerset community has sold out, and 75 people have reached out to him about available living space in the new project.

“So we’re very encouraged with the level of interest,” Grainger said.

Grainger had the property under contract when the conditional rezoning was approved in 2016 and needed to work out details, including closing on the property and a proposed land swap with the Sycamore Park District. He said he anticipates construction beginning for the south property by spring 2019.

The proposal now will go before the City Council on Monday at the Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St.

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