Plans for Massive Southeast Side Development Face Slight Delay
Nov 07, 2014 12:12PM
● By Steven Jack
Plans for a large-scale commercial and residential development on Oswego’s far southeast side were delayed for at least another month Thursday night.
Developers of the Hudson Pointe development, which may break ground next spring, came before the village’s Plan Commission and asked for a continuation to December for consideration of their conceptual plan, rezoning and annexation requests.
Village officials have said representatives of the developer, Lincolnway Crossing LLC, hope to meet with more neighboring property owners for their feedback on plans for the 534-acre development at Wolf’s Crossing Road and Route 30.
Several residents did appear at the Thursday night Plan Commission meeting to voice their disapproval of the project, and the developers have scheduled an informational meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Oswego Holiday Inn Express for anyone interested in learning more about the project.
According to conceptual plans, the development will include up to 1,600 mixed-housing units and 34 acres for commercial development along Route 30. Village Administrator Steve Jones has said the project is one of the largest of its types in the Chicago area since the start of the recession in 2008.
Jones said this week current plans call for the construction of 613 single-family homes, 150 townhomes, 304 ranch villas and 312 apartment homes. Those homes will not be built by the Lincolnway Crossing, but instead individual plots of land will be sold to home individual construction companies that wish to develop them.
School District impact
Plans also call for a 30-acre park and school site. Children living in the development would attend Oswego School District 308 schools and eventually could add hundreds of students to the district.
“It’s really too soon to tell how this will impact the district,” said School Board President Bill Walsh. “Without knowing what the exact mix of the housing will be we can’t even know how many students to anticipate.”
Despite the uncertainty, Walsh said he does not anticipate the building of any new elementary of junior high schools to accommodate the additional students given the development’s proximity to existing schools.
The development also includes land for a segment of the long-discussed Wikaduke Trail, a regional road that will connect I-88 to the north with I-80 to the south, according to land planner Mike Schoppe with Oswego-based Schoppe Design Associates. This will make traveling within the region easier and safer, he said in a statement released in late October.
Other road improvement planned for the area are the replacement of the intersection of Heggs Road and Route 30 along with state and local plans to widen Wolf’s Crossing Road from Route 30 to Route 34 to possibly four lanes.
“Large developments like this present the opportunity to address regional issues, like traffic,” Schoppe said. “People and businesses come to Oswego because it’s a great place to live and work. The only complaint I hear on a regular basis is traffic, and this plan will help alleviate that problem.”