A new apartment complex that will be built at 95th Street and Route 59 got the go ahead Tuesday night after the voted unanimously to approve a preliminary plat for the project.
While the council approved the new upscale apartment complex, it voted unanimously against a McDonald’s proposed for South Washington Street.
Lennar Multifamily Investors proposed building a multi-family rental community, The Oaks at Naperville Crossings. The community will include 298 residences, which the company’s attorney Vincent Rosanova described as a “Class A upscale community.” The project he said was a $60 million investment for the developer.
Council members commended Rosanova on the project and Lennar’s willingness to comply with requests for changes.
As part of the annexation agreement with the city, the developer asked for an amendment to the city’s annexation agreement. The amendment states the community may be developed without age restrictions. And, as part of the agreement, the developer will pay a cash-in-lieu of land contribution, $370,500, or 150 percent of what city ordinance normally requires, to District 204.
Overall, council members were pleased with the project, its design plans and the overall concept.
Whereas, the most conversation during the evening revolved around plans for a new McDonald’s at 702 S. Washington St. The restaurant would have been a corporate location, according to the attorney for McDonald’s.
“This is a corporate store and will have high standards of operation, they have high standards and don’t allow problems to fester,” Stillwell said. “This has not been undertaken lightly”
At issue for the council and residents was parking and its impact on traffic.
The restaurant would have been on the smaller side, with enough space for about 50 to 52 patrons, compared with some larger locations that service upwards of 100, said Henry Stillwell an attorney for McDonald’s.
Stillwell told the council that the location would benefit from the traffic on Washington Street and that it wouldn’t be creating that much additional traffic.
The restaurant would have been located at Hillside and Washington. Residents from the adjacent neighborhood were concerned that the potential restaurant traffic would overflow onto side streets.
The McDonald’s was also asking to operate 24 hours, which both council and residents took issue with.
Traffic at the location was expected to have 900 visits, according to a traffic analysis. Every visitor in and out of the restaurant counts as two visits.
Along with concerns residents raised about traffic spilling onto neighborhood streets, there was also the concern about noise from the restaurant and if it was to operate 24 hours, the visual impact car lights might have on neighboring homes.
“The parking is going to be a problem, the whole situation is going to be a problem,” said Councilman Douglas Krause.
Former city council member Dick Furstenau spoke during the hearing and raised concerns that at nearby McDonald’s at lunchtime it was nearly impossible to get into the restaurant because of traffic.
When the council heard about McDonald’s being interested in the location it was excited to have another fast food restaurant in the downtown area, but then after starting to review it, the outlook changed, said City Councilman Paul Hinterlong.
“It’s just and I hate to say this too — you guys do your business so well, as Mr. Furstenau said, you can’t get in a McDonald’s at lunch time and I think it will cause problems,” Hinterlong said. “I don’t see how this is going to create a condition to where it improves our traffic flow. I Just don’t see an opportunity to make this a win-win for everyone. I think it would be a great amenity to our downtown, but I just don’t see the traffic outweighing that. I wish I could be in favor of it, but I just can’t be with the conditions it will produce.”
The next meeting of the Naperville City Council will be on July 17.