The Oak Trace Senior Living Community is set to further redevelop its Downers Grove campus, despite some complaints from neighbors in nearby Darien.
Downers Grove Village Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Oak Trace’s plan to build a five-story apartment building with 145 self-catering apartments. The V-shaped development would include a one-story communal building that would connect an existing apartment building from 1994 and a healthcare center from 2019.
This second phase of Oak Trace’s recent redevelopment would include a one-story maintenance building in the northeast corner of the property at 200 Village Drive. In addition, the property’s roads would be readjusted to add a ring road.
Council previously approved plans for a similar 160-unit apartment building proposed in 2017 and new townhouses along the property’s southern border. But these phases of the project were halted last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Downers Grove Community Development Manager Stan Popovich, the revised building was different enough to warrant Oak Trace seeking council approval again.
Popovich also said Oak Trace would need permission for the revised third phase of its redevelopment, which would involve the demolition of the existing “patio houses” along its southern border to make way for a series of townhouses. with three floors.
When the plans were discussed at a council meeting on July 13, some Darien residents living just south of Oak Trace complained about the existing and proposed construction.
Marie Becker of the Darien Club Owners Association cited the nuisance of Oak Trace’s excess light and noise. Darien resident Vincent Onagan specifically took issue with the proximity of Oak Trace buildings next to his house.
“We expect Oak Trace to do the kind of berm and landscaping work to provide adequate shielding on the south side of their property,” Commissioner Rich Kulovany said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Kulovany also clarified his previous “no” vote against the second phase of Oak Trace redevelopment in 2017 while on the planning commission.
“The reason was that I felt like Oak Trace at the time had not given proper notice to residents who lived in the patio homes,” Kulovany said. “I would have confidence that they would give these people the right of first refusal in phase 3 to move into a townhouse.”
Northbrook-based SAS Architects & Planners said the second phase of Oak Trace is expected to be completed by 2024. The building footprint for the proposed townhouses is not finalized and would require approval from the planning commission and the village council to proceed.