A new development of duplex homes could emerge on a family cornfield near Carol Stream, an attractive piece of land opposite the West Branch Forest Reserve.
Bridge Street Properties has proposed a 38 duplex development at the northeast corner of Lies and Fair Oaks Roads. The Naperville homebuilder wants to annex the nine-acre site to the village of Carol Stream.
Attached residences would be for empty nests looking for a maintenance-free life, Bridge President John McHale said. Lawn maintenance and snow removal would be provided by a homeowners association. The developer sees strong interest in housing that allows residents to “age in place”.
“It’s becoming a bigger and bigger market,” McHale said.
The conceptual plans call for the construction of 19 duplex buildings. According to the developer, the duplex development would serve as a transition between the busy intersection and single-family homes to the north and the Corpus Christi Catholic Church to the east.
“You couldn’t have picked a better place to build it,” Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino told McHale during a recent informal presentation of the project. “I mean, we’ve been watching the corn grow there for 30, 40, 50 years. It’s time something was put in that corner.”
The unincorporated property was put up for sale earlier this year, said Tom Farace, the village’s planning and economic development manager. Bridge Street now has a contract to buy it.
While the developer is still in the design phase, the units would be suitable for people 55 and older by offering larger floor plans, full basements and, potentially, first-floor master suites. The duplexes would average around 2,200 square feet, with a price tag of around $400,000, McHale said.
Bridge Street originally envisioned a townhouse project.
“With the help of the staff, we came to the conclusion quite quickly that it wasn’t really a townhouse community, it wasn’t a dense townhouse community…and that the duplex was a product that every community now seeks,” McHale told village administrators.
Weighing in on the proposed layout, Saverino said some of the units in the central development area would block the “beautiful” views of the preserved forest for other duplex residences.
“I would go for $500,000 and take out the center and make it kind of a gazebo where people could congregate,” he said. “It’s dense. It just seems to me that it’s too dense.”
The Carol Stream plan administrators and commissioners have provided preliminary feedback that Bridge could use to prepare detailed plans for the village zoning approval process. This official review should be underway in the coming months.