A proposal to construct a 468-unit apartment complex on Route 30 at Goodwin Drive in Montgomery received an initial endorsement Monday evening from the Montgomery Village Board.
In a unanimous ballot, the board accepted a favorable recommendation from the village’s plan commission on the developers’ preliminary plan and request for a special use permit for the project, which is located within the boundaries of School District 308, the Oswegoland Park District, Oswego Fire Protection District and Oswego Public Library District.
The board also agreed to hold a required public hearing on the permit request during their next regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 27. A board vote on the permit request is expect to follow the public hearing.
The project developer, S.R. Jacobson and Edward Rose & Sons Inc., is seeking board approval to construct the Ogden Place apartments along the north side of Route 30 west of Goodwin Drive.
Richard Young, the village’s community development director, told the board the developers are proposing to construct 13 three-story apartment buildings containing 468 rental units along with a clubhouse, swimming pool and attached and detached garages on a 20.67-acre parcel on either side of Reading Drive, immediately east of the Oswego Public Library District’s Montgomery Campus Library.
In a memo to the board, Jerad Chipman, the village’s senior planner, noted that an apartment complex has been envisioned on the property “for many years and has been approved in annexation agreements dating back to 2002.”
Chipman noted that the property is already zoned R-6 for multi-family housing development.
When questioned by board member Denny Lee, Russ Whitaker, a Naperville attorney representing the developers, told the board the complex is expected to be home to 825 adult residents, 57 school-age children, and 13 pre-kindergarten-age children.
Lee, however, said he expects the complex would generate more than 57 school-age children based on what he believes is a large number of single-mother households already in the community.
“It just seems like you are going to have more than 50 kids,” he said,
Board member Steve Jungermann noted that there are some low-income Section 8 rentals in some of the village’s existing apartment complexes and “we seem to have issues there.” He then asked Whitaker, “Are there going to be Section 8 rentals available in this apartment complex?”
“There is nothing specific to this development proposal that would include Section 8 vouchers,” Whitaker said, adding, “Now, with some Section 8 vouchers people can take and go anywhere. That’s something we can’t control, but there are no project specific vouchers that would be requested for this project.”
Board member Stan Bond expressed support for the developers’ plan to include a dog park on the grounds of the complex, but suggested it be relocated, away from the swimming pool.