A planned hearing on a proposed 174-unit senior housing development on Madison Street has been delayed until December after the developer failed to fully comply with a legal requirement that it notify all neighbors within 300-feet of the Plan Commission meeting.
Originally set for Nov. 21, the plan commission will now hear the American House proposal for a seven-story senior living community on Dec. 5.
"Their list of residents to notice was incomplete," said Craig Failor, Oak Park's village planner. "The village requires every applicant to do three things with notification. One is put a notice in the newspaper 15 to 30 days before the public hearing."
The second thing applicants must do is put signage on the property indicating the date of the hearing and the purpose of it, as well as who to contact.
"And then they're supposed to send letters out to residents within 300 feet of the proposed development site," said Failor. "The list that they used to send the letters was incomplete. It didn't have all the residents listed in that document that they were supposed to, so now they have to resend it out."
There are no penalties on American House for not fulfilling the third step in its entirety, according to Failor. The only consequence is having to push the meeting to next month.
"Everything's going to be the same as far as presentation and their proposal," said Failor.
The proposed senior living community would be built at 711 Madison St., formerly a car dealership. The 256,725 square foot building would have 76 independent living units, 65 assisted living units and 33 memory care units for a total of 174 units or 222 beds.
To build that large of a building, American House plans to request the vacating of a portion of South Euclid Avenue from Madison Street to the east-west alley behind the building to put in a cul-de-sac.
"As part of the redevelopment agreement, they've indicated that they wanted to expand the building across Euclid and use Euclid as part of their development site," said Failor.
"They have to put in the cul-de-sac because they're basically building over the street and it's a dead-end street at that point," he said.
American House is planning to buy 725 Madison St., the location of Spike's Boutique Hotel for Dogs. Failor didn't know the status of the sale of Spike's.
"They are going to use that property as an open green space and relocate the utilities that are existing in Euclid, like water and sewer, ComEd and [Nicor], and shift that over to this green, open space," said Failor. The utilities would go underground. American House plans to make the green space accessible to the public.
According to Failor, the village hasn't received many comments regarding the development. American Housing has had "several meetings with the neighbors," said Failor, and just recently went over the proposal with them.
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