Development nearing for Galvin Farm land along Randall Road in W. Dundee
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media December 13, 2013 11:22AM
Updated: January 17, 2014 6:11AM
WEST DUNDEE — This village is making headway on bringing commercially developed properties to Randall Road.
Village officials are annexing the remaining 260 acres of what is known as the Galvin Farm property at the northeast corner of Route 72 and Randall Road.
Developing that land will give West Dundee more commercial frontage on Randall Road between Route 72 and Binnie Road.
The owners have proposed turning the property into a subdivision that would divide the parcel into two commercial lots and have a residential component.
For the residential, Barrington-based Shorewood Property Investments is proposing to develop 13 apartment buildings with a total of 234 units. Amenities would include a clubhouse with a pool, tennis court, courtyard, tot lot, park, water features and a walking path with benches and a rose garden, plus 551 parking spaces.
Community Development Director Cathleen Tymoszenko said the Galvin family will keep the commercial lots to market them.
Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro said the village has had a very cooperative relationship with the Galvin family for a number of years. He said the family has provided easements to the village at no cost to facilitate utility extensions, and allowed a strip annexation across their land so the village could annex Randall Oaks Golf Club, the Leafs Ice Centre and a number of other properties west of Randall.
Front business, rear homes
The commercial and residential plan on the table fits into what village officials had hoped to see for the site.
“We want to see the front of Randall Road remain commercial and the residential behind that,” Tymoszenko said.
Officials said new residential households will help retain and attract a stronger retail base and help increase the property tax base of the community with minimal impact on services.
The proposal has been sent to the planning and zoning commission for more review. The project could begin as soon as February.
Village President Chris Nelson said the development will help finalize the annexation as a whole.
“The annexation discussion has been ongoing for several years now,” he said. “It’s nice to finally bring that property into West Dundee proper. And this particular development will have commercial development, so we’ll finally have a pad-ready site (for new businesses) on Randall Road.”