Elburn Station takes 2 steps forward

By on May 10, 2012

Village disconnects property; approves agreement with KC
by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The Elburn Village Board on Monday took two actions to move the Elburn Station development along.

The village disconnected village property that was within the boundaries of the proposed development. In addition, the village approved an intergovernmental agreement with Kane County for the extension of Anderson Road and the bridge.

The Village Board approved the disconnection of approximately 175 acres of previously annexed property north of Keslinger Road, south of the Metra Elburn yard and station, and east of Still Meadows Subdivision. The village and Shodeen Construction President Dave Patzelt had worked out an agreement to disconnect and re-annex these properties so that the entire development would be under the same annexation agreement.

The Village Board on Monday also approved an intergovernmental agreement between the village and the Kane County Department of Transportation. The agreement governs the design and construction of the Anderson Road extension that will run from Route 38 to Keslinger Road, the bridge that will pass over the Metra coach yard, and a pedestrian and bicycle path.

The $22 million project will cost the village $400,000, and because the road and bridge are of regional transportation significance, Kane County has agreed to pick up $3 million of the costs.

The remaining $18.6 million will come from several federal and state funding programs.

The Kane County Board approved the agreement at its board meeting on Tuesday. According to Shodeen developer Dave Patzelt, the Illinois Department of Transportation will bid out the project. Now that the intergovernmental agreement has been approved by both parties, the land acquisition and the engineering design are the two final steps that need to be completed before the bidding can take place.

According to Kane County Department of Transportation Director Carl Schoedel, the engineering is 95 percent complete and the property acquisitions should be completed within the next month or so. Schoedel said that the county’s goal is to open bids in the late summer or early fall, and with the best case scenario, to begin construction in October.