A developer’s plan to build 130 town homes on 15 acres of land on Hopps Road, providing a critical connection to Bowes Road, is headed to the Elgin City Council with the blessing of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Avalon Trails subdivision, proposed by North Mark Homes, would be built on land west of Iglesia Apostolica De La Fe En Cristo Jesus and south of the 266-unit town house subdivision The Reserve of Elgin, located south of Bowes Road.
The development would have one access point at Hopps Road, with the developer committing to improvements that would bring Hopps up to city standards, Associate Planner Denise Momodu said at the commission meeting.
“This internal street layout would finish a critical north-south connection from Bowes Road to Hopps Road,” Momudo said. “The subdivision would also provide two future east-west connections. The road to the east would begin an important east-west connection that would ultimately lead to Randall Road.”
Currently, the property is located in unincorporated Kane County and zoned for agriculture. The property needs to be annexed into Elgin and win approval for its preliminary and final plats before construction could begin.
There currently are two single-family residential homes and several farm buildings on the land.
Property south of the Avalon Trails site is unincorporated farmland, which is also under review for possible annexation and development. An application submitted to the city proposes construction of a 280-unit apartment complex and commercial outlot at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Hopps Road, Momudo said.
The commission will likely review those plans in a few months, she said.
Avalon Trails would consist of 23 three-story buildings containing three to seven units. Town home sizes would range from 1,600 to 1,900 square feet with two, three and four bedrooms options with attached garages. A neighborhood park with a gazebo, seating areas and landscaping are also proposed.
Elgin-based North Mark Homes has been building homes in the Fox Valley for 35 years, President Jeff Pelock told the commission. “We are planning to use high-quality materials. We plan to build a really nice-looking project,” he said.
A third party for a market analysis was done to determine how many units are in the market and how many it should build, Pelock said. “Our efforts say this is a good spot for us so that’s why we chose it,” he said.
Town house prices would start at $300,000, he said. “Construction costs have taken some very big hits in the last 12 months so it’s going to naturally force our sale prices up as well,” he said.
Neighbors in The Reserve said they are concerned about the density. When Tim Kaar, president of the homeowner’s association, saw the plan, he said his first thought was, “‘Wow, this is very intense.’”
The association is also concerned there isn’t enough green space in the plan, Kaar said.
“My question is where are the children going to play? Where are the dogs going to walk?” he said. “Where are people going to go when they do things?
“We are concerned they are going to come to our community and (use) our green space, which is privately maintained by us,” Kaar said. We think this is a problem in the making.”
Gloria Casas is a freelance reporter for The Courier-News.