Village reaches agreement on Blackberry Creek sign

By on July 25, 2014

ELBURN—With building in Blackberry Creek Subdivision gaining momentum, village trustees on Monday agreed to a sign outside the subdivision to market lots and homes to potential buyers.

The agreement, reached by village trustees in response to a request for the sign by Orleans Homes, calls for the sign’s message to highlight Blackberry Creek as a “good place to live,” that would direct potential buyers to a website with links to sellers.

Orleans Homes’ initial request to the village was for a 20-foot-by-10-foot double-faced sign along the road outside the subdivision to advertise lots for sale that would list the names of four to eight builders, including Orleans Homes. Orleans Homes currently owns 45 lots within Blackberry Creek.

At the board’s July 8 Committee of the Whole meeting, Village Administrator Erin Willrett told the board that village staff was in opposition to granting this request.

She said that the intent of the original annexation agreement was that B&B Enterprises, Inc., the original developer of Blackberry Creek, would be in charge of the sign. B&B has since pulled out of the area, leaving the development a little more than halfway built out.

Willrett said Village Attorney Bob Britz was concerned that granting the request could lead to many signs along Hughes and Keslinger Road, as other builders would come forward with the same request.

While village trustees were in favor of promoting the subdivision, they were also concerned that other builders and owners, including current residents, might also want to market their homes.

“What happens if a homeowner wants to sell their house, and they want to put up a sign?” trustee Bill Grabarek asked on Monday.

In addition to links to builders, the website would include a “for sale by owner” link to individual homeowners, for which they could pay a monthly fee.

“We do not wish to leave anybody out,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said she also wanted to make sure that all the current residents were in agreement with the sign, and suggested that they obtain a statement to that effect from the homeowners associations.

Orleans Homes Director of Acquisition Rick Zirk, who brought the initial request to the board during the previous Committee of the Whole meeting, said he thought this was a good solution.

“I like this idea,” agreed trustee Ken Anderson. “We’ve got stuff going on, and I’d like to get something out there to let people know.”