The Plainfield Village Board could soon consider approving another new residential development, this time one that would be age-restricted.
The latest proposal for the Pavillion resort retirement community includes 218 single-family homes, including 124 duplexes and 94 detached houses, according to village documents.
AlphaLandmark LLC, the developer, is requesting that the village grant a special use permit for the project. The 65-acre development would be located on the southwest corner of Route 59 and Renwick Road. The developer projects housing prices will span between $300,000 and $500,000.
Gene Kripak of AlphaLandmark LLC told the board during a meeting last Monday he made “significant changes” to the proposal based on comments from residents near where the proposed development would be built.
Specifically, Kripak said residents were concerned the original proposal allowed for rental homes, but he shifted the plan to only “for sale” homes. He also eliminated a plan for fourplex houses – multifamily homes with four apartment units – so the proposal only includes single and duplex homes. Finally, he clarified the development is not just age-targeted, but age-restricted, to buyers 55 and older.
“We absolutely took that to heart,” Kripak said of residents’ concerns.
Kripak also argued there was “no question” about the demand for housing reserved for seniors in the immediate area of the village. He said a study found only one such development within 10 to 15 miles of Plainfield for seniors.
“The competition is virtually nonexistent,” he said.
He also said age-restricted developments tend to see households with fewer residents per home, so he said the Pavillion would add less traffic to the area than a a development that was not age-restricted.
Some village trustees still had questions about the size of the proposed driveways and the density. Overall, however, many commended Kripak for heeding public input and making adjustments to the proposal.
Mayor Michael Collins said he felt the changes in the latest proposal were “well received.” He added that he expects a vote on the proposal to come before the board early next month.