Elburn Station feature topic at Chamber meeting

By on May 9, 2014
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ELBURN—Shodeen developer Dave Patzelt said he is happy to see progress taking place on the Elburn Station development after years of talking about it.

Patzelt was the guest speaker at the May Elburn Chamber of Commerce meeting on May 1, where he gave an overview of the mixed-use development surrounding the Elburn Metra train station, as well as work currently being done to move the project forward.

Patzelt said the current task involves relocating two miles of fiberoptic cable—something he calls the “non-glamorous work” of the project.

The Elburn Station development could add another 2,200 new homes to the village, essentially doubling the size of Elburn. The first milestones for the project are to extend Anderson Road and build a bridge over the railroad tracks.

The extension of Anderson Road from Route 38 to Keslinger Road is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015, with home construction beginning in spring 2015, although Shodeen cannot close on a home until the road is open. Patzelt said the extension of Hicks Road to meet Anderson Road will be done early this summer, and steel beams for the bridge will be set this winter.

In addition to the 2,200 residential units, the mixed-use development bordered on the north by Route 38 and the south by Keslinger Road will consist of 200,000 square feet of commercial space. Patzelt said he has already received inquiries about the possibilities for a church, a gas station and a flooring retailer in the area of Keslinger Road, which he said is a good sign.

Patzelt said plans are also in place for a variety of large parks and smaller, pocket parks, and an extensive network of recreational paths that will eventually link the neighborhoods together.

The housing will be a mix of single family homes, townhouses and apartments, to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of ages, economic classes and family sizes, Patzelt said.

Elburn Hill Church minister Gary Augustine asked Patzelt at the meeting how long he thought it would be before the development was completely built out. Patzelt said that a good estimate for completion would be 20 years.

“We’ll see what happens over time,” Patzelt said, adding that there are likely to be “peaks and valleys” in growth.

Patzelt said he envisions the commercial development being a combination of single-story retail or office and one or two floors of residential units above one floor of commercial building. The tallest buildings will be located around the Metra station, and will be a maximum of four stories and a pitched roof.

Although the past winter presented some challenges to the initial progress of the development, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said she didn’t think the major milestones would change.

“I don’t see that wavering,” she said.

Future plans for the development leave room for expansion, Patzelt said. As an example, he said that Mill Creek in Geneva, also a Shodeen development, broke ground in 1994 with a plan for 1,800 residential units, and currently includes 2,400 units.

Patzelt said he thought that Mill Creek is done expanding, but that in the past 20 years, the development has seen 36 changes and three additions.

Photo by Susan O’Neill