Polo Club Development Gets No Recommendation:
With a tied 4-4 vote from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the newest Polo Club development proposal will go to Naperville City Council with no recommendation from the group, either positive or negative. Developer DR Horton made many updates to the subdivision proposed for the unincorporated 119th Street Polo Fields, since they last presented to the commission in July. Those changes include lowering the number of units in the development from over 700 to 500, and lowering the density to 4.5 households per acre from 6. Still, many community members from the neighboring South Pointe and Wolf Creek neighborhoods voiced concerns. They still aren’t happy with the density, and think the project would add too much traffic on an already problematic 119th Street, going west toward Route 59. Council will discuss the proposal at a future meeting.
Affordable Housing Recommendation for Fifth Avenue:
Naperville’s Housing Advisory Commission is recommending at least 20 percent of residential units in the proposed Fifth Avenue redevelopment be affordable housing. That number was decided on at the group’s Monday meeting, after Naperville City Council requested they weigh in on the matter. For a unit to be considered affordable under Illinois Housing Development Authority standards, the sale price would need to be around $133,000 or less, with a rental at $950 or less. This is merely a suggestion; council will have the final say.
OSLAD Grant for Southwest Community Park:
The Naperville Park District received a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant to help with the development of Southwest Community Park. The money was awarded to the park district by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The groundbreaking for the 33-acre site in southwest Naperville will be coming this summer.
Snow Day T-Shirt Brings in the Bucks:
A t-shirt hailing District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges as a hero for the snow days he’s called has brought in nearly $2,700 for the Naperville Education Foundation. The shirts were the brainchild of Richie Holmberg, a Naperville Central High School student. They were okayed by Bridges, with the condition that the proceeds go toward NEF. The District is now planning an all school “Wear Your Snow Day T-shirt” day.