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South Elgin gives final approval to River’s Edge housing project

Drawing proposed River's Edge apartment building South Elgfor disabled income eligible residents. | Submitted

Drawing of proposed River's Edge apartment building in South Elgin for disabled and income eligible residents. | Submitted

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Updated: September 22, 2013 6:34AM

SOUTH ELGIN — The village board voted 4-3 Monday to approve the final plat of subdivision and development plans for the River’s Edge apartment complex.

The 50-unit complex has been controversial in the village. According to neighboring residents, the facility will be too large and bring too many residents into the neighborhood.

Construction is expected to begin this year on the building that will bring — on a 50-50 mix — units for residents with developmental disabilities and income-eligible renters.

Monday night’s development plan had to show that the final proposal is in substantial compliance with everything the board and planning and zoning commission had asked for and recommended for the development, said Steve Super, director of community development.

Village Trustees Robert Sauceda and Jennifer Barconi — both elected to the board this spring and after the board’s initial vote to approve the project — voted against the final plan. Trustee Lisa Guess also voted against the project.

Casting votes in favor were Trustees Mike Kolodziej, John Sweet and Steve Ward.

With a tie vote among the trustees, Village President Jim Hansen also voted, breaking the tie and giving final approval.

Three residents spoke against the development, citing concerns with stormwater from the site and possible contaminated soils, among other issues. The complex is set for Center Street on the east side of the Fox River. The site was formerly a pipe storage area for a nearby business.

There is some metal contamination of the soil — which was dredged from the Fox River decades ago and used to fill in the area, said Jim Doherty, the project engineer. One of the remediations that developers can use is to cover the soils — which the building and parking lot will do.

The Burton Foundation, which is building the complex in conjunction with the Association for Individual Development, also has agreed to increase the size of a stormwater main that serves the village’s near-east side. That pipe will bring stormwater directly into the Fox River, Super said.

That is allowed by Kane County’s stormwater management laws, Super said.

If water retention ponds were required in downtown areas adjacent to the river, there would be no new development there, he said.

“None of the downtowns would be built again. We would have mosquito ponds and not buildings,” Super said.

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