Developer postpones plan for retirement community

By on February 12, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
The developer of a proposed continuum-care retirement community in Elburn has postponed his plan indefinitely for the property west of the Hughes Creek Golf Club and east of Route 47.

“As a result of the negative position of the Planning (Commission), my client (Dr. Alekzander Jakubowski) has decided at this time not to immediately proceed with the proposed retirement community,” attorney Gary Piccony stated in a Feb. 5 letter to village officials.

Elburn Community Development Director Erin Willrett said the project designer, Schoppe Design Associates, Inc., “is working on a new plan for the property.”

Jakubowski, who owns the 64-acre site between Kenmar Drive and Hughes Road, first proposed the Elburn Prairie development last summer. Elburn Planning Commissioners recommended Jan. 9 that the Village Board not approve the plan. They said senior housing is needed in Elburn, but the proposed retirement community is too dense for the area, composed of single-family homes.

The plan featured a 300-unit, three-story enhanced care center; a four-story independent living building; a four-story assisted living facility; 18 single-family units; a 250-unit, three-story memory and skilled-care structure; a community center; 28 condominiums; and a two-story medical office building.

Willrett said village staff in the future will assist the developer in revising the plan “to make more in tune with the area.”

Village staff recommended that the village refund Jakubowski the $10,000 escrow he provided the village as a deposit.