Duplex subdivision proposed for land near Carol Stream
A new subdivision of duplex homes could sprout up on a family-owned cornfield near Carol Stream, an attractive piece of land across from the West Branch Forest Preserve.
Bridge Street Properties has proposed a 38-unit duplex development at the northeast corner of Lies and Fair Oaks roads. The Naperville homebuilder wants to annex the nine-acre site into the village of Carol Stream.
The attached residences would be geared toward empty nesters looking for maintenance-free living, Bridge President John McHale said. Lawn upkeep and snowplowing would be handled through a homeowners association. The developer sees strong interest in housing that allows residents to "age in place."
"That's becoming a bigger and bigger market," McHale said.
Conceptual plans call for the construction of 19 duplex buildings. According to the developer, the duplex subdivision would serve as a transition from the busy intersection to the single-family homes to the north and Corpus Christi Catholic Church to the east.
"You couldn't have picked a better spot to build it," Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino told McHale during a recent informal presentation on the project. "I mean, we've been watching corn grow there for 30 years, 40, 50 years. It's time something's put on that corner."
The unincorporated property was put up for sale earlier this year, said Tom Farace, the village's planning and economic development manager. Bridge Street now has a contract to buy it.
While the developer is still in the design phase, the units would be tailored to people 55 and older by offering larger floor plans, full basements and, potentially, first-floor master suites. The duplexes would average somewhere around 2,200 square feet, with pricing in the $400,000s, McHale said.
Bridge Street originally envisioned a townhouse project.
"With staff's help looking at it, we came to the conclusion pretty fast that it wasn't really a townhouse community, it wasn't a dense townhouse community ... and that the duplex was a product that every community is looking for now," McHale told village trustees.
Weighing in on the proposed layout, Saverino said some of the units in the central area of development would block "beautiful" forest preserve views for other duplex residences.
"I'd go for $500,000 and take the center out and make that some kind of gazebo thing where people could come gather together," he said. "It's dense. It just seems to me to be too dense."
Carol Stream trustees and plan commissioners have provided preliminary feedback that Bridge may use to prepare in-depth plans for the village's zoning approval process. That formal review is expected to be underway in the next few months.