Housing Development Near Proposed Metra Stop Given Preliminary Green Light
Jun 17, 2014 08:22PM
● By Steven Jack
The Oswego Village Board has given its unanimous go-ahead on a concept plan for a proposed housing and mixed-use development near the site of a possible future Metra rail station in Oswego.
Tuscany Station, proposed for the northwest corner of Orchard Road and the railroad tracks, calls for 135 single-family home lots, 346 apartment units, 10 acres of commercial fronting Orchard Road, and a 15-acre future commuter parking lot.
The concept plan approval is only an initial step and the developers, Melrose Holdings LLC, will need approval for rezoning and preliminary and final planned unit development plans.
The latest proposal for this land is a 60 percent reduction in the number of apartment units from a previous plan by the land's owner called for 906 apartment units. Late last year, developers of that plan had sought a reduction in impact fees from both the village of Oswego and Oswego School District 308.
Local residents also expressed concern over the density of the previous proposal saying it would only add more students to already overcrowded schools. At a Village Board committee earlier this month resident Kathy Scaccia questioned the current proposal and its feasibility if a Metra station is never built on the land.
If and when a Metra commuter station is developed in Oswego remains to be seen. Metra is still in the midst of conducting its feasibility study into an Oswego stop. Last year the Metra board approved adding funding to the study that would also determine feasibility of Yorkville and Plano stops instead of ending the extension of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line in Oswego. The feasibility study is to be completed sometime this year.
If a Metra station were to be built in Oswego or anywhere in Kendall County, a countywide sales tax increase referendum likely would need to be passed to join the Regional Transportation Authority. However, reports from late last year said many local elected officials believe a deal could be arranged so that Kendall County would not need to join the RTA.