312-Unit Residential Development Coming to Wagner Farm

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The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of the 113-acre Wagner Farms site on 103rd Street and Route 59, to allow for construction of 312 single-family homes and a church upon annexation into the City of Naperville.

But not all residents of the neighboring Crestview Knolls Subdivision were excited about the project – citing concerns about increased traffic and flooding.

“I understand there’s an expense to reroute flood water but for us there’s a significant expense in our homes, I have a finished basement and it’s been flooded out before,” said Paul Moser, a resident of Crestview Knolls subdivision.

The City of Naperville and Pulte Homes, which is under contract to buy the property, believes the project should actually reduce the flooding problem.

And the incoming Compass Evangelical Free Church should be good news for the city.

“200 people a day, 1,000 people every weekend brought into a Naperville address in the middle of our shopping corridor and when they get out they’re likely to shop and dine and that will bring revenue for the city,” said Russell Whitaker, partner with Rosanova & Whitaker Ltd. and the developer’s legal representation on the project.

The land was previously zoned for agricultural use, growing vegetables since 1961. City council will have the final say on both the annexation and the new zoning.

And three other projects were given a positive recommendation at the meeting.

A conditional use permit and a parking variance were granted to allow Urban Air Adventure Park to open up on Glacier Park Avenue, where Babies R Us used to be.

Variances were granted to clear the way for construction of a Culver’s and Circle K at 1519 North Naper Boulevard, after demolition of the Great Lakes Credit Union building currently there.

And height variances were granted for new townhomes to take their place at 920 East Chicago Avenue. Three buildings with a total of nine residences will comprise the new Chicago Commons.

As usual, city council will have the final say on all projects.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.