Michael J. Graft Builder, a custom home developer, is asking for Barrington, Ill., officials’ opinion on a preliminary plan to replace a former office building adjacent to the golf club with a 58-unit apartment complex. The 2.5-acre tract of land is currently zoned for commercial use and has been on the market for at least two years.
A Barrington, Ill.-based custom home developer has asked for village officials’ opinion on a preliminary plan to replace the former office building next to Makray Memorial Golf Club with a 58-unit apartment complex, the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald reported.
The complex being suggested by Michael J. Graft Builder would consist of one- and two-bedroom units and have enough on-site parking for 150 vehicles, the Herald reported.
The currently commercially zoned property just west of the golf course is about 2.5 acres, according to a village official. Though the site is zoned for business, the village’s comprehensive land-use plan allows consideration of other uses, Barrington’s Director of Development Services Greg Summers said.
The land has been on the market for at least a couple of years, and the village has been hoping for some other businesses complementary to the new Ace Hardware store at that end of town, Director of Economic and Community Development Peggy Blanchard said.
Summers explained to trustees at Monday’s meeting that the Graft company was looking for their initial thoughts before deciding whether to take the proposal to the next step, the Herald reported.
Apart from the developer seeking a residential use on commercially zoned property, the village board expressed some concerns about the number of apartment units proposed for the site, said Village President Karen Darch.
Village Manager Jeff Lawler agreed that’s probably the bigger of the two issues, the Herald reported.
“They have to look at the density,” Lawler said. “It’s beyond anything else that we have.”