Despite opposition from some neighbors, a proposal for a new 147-unit apartment complex in East Mundelein is moving forward.
On Monday night, the village council unanimously approved a development deal with the Northbrook-based company MZ Capital Partners for the project, which is planned for approximately 10 acres on the west side of Butterfield Road north of Allanson Road.
The council also agreed to consolidate three plots into one and rezone the property to accommodate multi-family residential buildings. The plots had been zoned for commercial and single family residential purposes.
Seven two-story apartment buildings are envisioned, along with a clubhouse, outdoor pool and other amenities.
The apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units, solicitor Vince Rosanova told the village council on Monday. Rents could range from $1,875 to around $2,900 per month, he said.
Developers have contracts to buy the land. A 122 year old house on a wooded lot and the Libertyville Montessori School are there now; both are owned by the same real estate group, and both would be razed.
The northernmost plot is independently owned and undeveloped.
A dozen local residents spoke out against the plan at the start of Monday’s meeting. Many have expressed concerns about traffic jams and overflowing parking on their streets. Some complained that tenants were more transient than landlords.
In response, administrators Jenny Ross and Erich Schwenk stood up for tenants and said there was a demand for quality rental housing in town.
“We should welcome these neighbors,” said Schwenk, who also bristled at comments associating tenants with crime.
Regarding the parking issues, Rosanova insisted that the development will have enough spaces for the cars of residents and guests. Rosanova also tried to ease traffic concerns by saying the development will have entrances on Butterfield and on Huntington Drive to the north, about 200 or 300 feet from Butterfield.
“Our residents don’t drive through communities … to get to our community,” he said.
Police Chief John Monahan said he was not worried about traffic problems there.
Developers hope to begin preliminary work on the site this fall and for buildings to start going up in the spring of 2023, according to village documents. The complex could be ready in the spring of 2024.