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New Lenox considers annexation, proposal for 55-plus lifestyle community as residents voice drainage concerns

Mayor: Unlocked cars have led to break-ins

Lathan Goumas -
New Lenox
Lathan Goumas - New Lenox

Village trustees are considering annexation and special use permit requests for a 612-home resort-style senior community near Silver Cross Hospital.

The measures for Four Seasons of New Lenox, which were presented to the village board at its meeting Monday night, will likely be approved at the next village board meeting. However, village officials did request that the developer take into consideration and dispel local residents’ concerns about drainage issues.

K Hovnanian Homes is under contract to purchase 220 acres of the 223-acre Teerling Nursery property located on Cedar Road, north of Route 6. The community will be restricted to residents 55-years-old and older.

Plans for Four Seasons include about 70 acres of open space, about 1.7 miles of trails and a 15,000 square-foot clubhouse. It will be built in three phases with about 195 homes and the clubhouse expected to be built in the next two years, according to Assistant Village Administrator Robin Ellis.

Along with “the low impact of a community like this,” the development is expected to annually bring in tax revenues of about $4.6 million for the local school districts, $200,000 for the New Lenox Park District and $500,000 for the village, said Russ Whitaker, an attorney for the developer.

The development will wrap around 16 homes in the unincorporated Summerfield Estates subdivision on Summerfield Drive. Residents have voiced concerns to the village about drainage issues caused by the Teerling farm which they fear may be exacerbated by the large development.

Residents packed the village’s planning commission meeting in March and about 15 to 20 were present again at the board meeting Monday night.

Adam Glens of Summerfield Estates — who said he has a background in civil engineering —explained that the residents do not want to stop the development, but “just make sure that it benefits the entire community.”

Glens said he would like to see sufficient screening between the development and the subdivision along its border.

Whitaker acknowledged there has been water coming from the Teerling property towards Summerfield since about 1998.

He told the board that plans sufficiently address the drainage needs of the proposed development and it is actually expected to reduce water flowing towards Summerfield Estates by 20 percent by the end of phase 1 and 89 percent by the end of phase 3.

Whitaker added that Hovnanian would also continue to work with village staff to address landscaping and lighting issues brought up by the residents.

Separately, Mayor Tim Baldermann said that a main reason the village has seen a spate of car burglaries is that many cars parked on driveways were left unlocked. Sometimes, the burglars have used garage door openers to enter and burglarize the homes, he said.

If all vehicles are locked, “we would no longer be targeted,” Baldermann said.

A town hall is set to be held f at the village hall Tuesday night to discuss the problem.

“We need to address this from an awareness point,” Baldermann said.

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