Atlantic Residential has proposed a 325-unit rental neighborhood in Algonquin, whose original concept would make it the village’s largest residential area to date, city planners said.
Despite positive views on the project’s aesthetics and willingness to work with staff, a lengthy discussion in the village’s final committee of the entire meeting on May 17 resulted in a request from village managers to Atlantic to amend their plans. adjust to decrease the density, that is, decrease the number of units in a given area.
“All board members were concerned about various points of the project,” said village president Debby Sosine. “It was about density and architecture for me. This was a high-level overview of the changes we would like them to make.”
The only residential site in Algonquin that has a higher density than what Atlantic proposes is the 220-unit Algonquin Square Apartments on Corporate Parkway, just west of Randall Road, city clerk Michelle Weber said.
Atlantic’s original proposal calls for 259 three-story condominiums and 66 rental properties in the city and was to be built on the northeast corner of Randall Road and Longmeadow Parkway. The plans also call for 10,000 square feet of commercial development.
The plan also calls for amenities, including multiple parks, a clubhouse and a swimming pool.
The developer initially approached the village and has been working with Algonquin city planners on the project, said Jason Shallcross, Algonquin’s director of community development.
Atlantic would have wanted feedback from the committee from the whole before submitting actual zoning approval documents, Shallcross said.
“Atlantic has taken into account adjustments and changes suggested by the staff,” Sosine said. “They’ve already come back with a lot of that stuff.”
Sosine added that she was impressed with the way Atlantic handled the watershed issues around the site.
Shallcross confirmed that the developer would review its plans to address Tuesday’s comments and concerns.
A date when those revised plans would come before the planning and zoning committee has not yet been set, Shallcross said.