Developer proposes to build townhouses on site of former vet clinic on Aurora Avenue in Naperville – Chicago Tribune

Eight townhouses could replace a former veterinary clinic on Aurora Avenue in Naperville.

Charleston Building and Development proposes to build two three-story buildings — one with five units and another with three — at 445 Aurora Ave., between Rotary Hill Park and the RiverPlace Condominium complex.

The plans will be presented to the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission for review on Wednesday, July 20.

Naperville City Council could review the project and the commission’s recommendations as early as August 16.

In a memo to commissioners, community planner Kathleen Russell, of the city’s Department of Transportation, Engineering and Development, said the townhouses will be similar to existing Charleston Row developments on Aurora Avenue at of Webster and Main streets. The facades will be in limestone and stucco cladding.

As the property is currently occupied by a commercial building and zoned for office, commercial and institutional purposes, developers must prove that certain conditions are met in order to develop the site for attached single-family units.

Russell said the Naperville Downtown 2030 plan identifies the property as transitional, which provides office, service and low-intensity residential uses, such as Charleston Row III, that are compatible with adjacent neighborhoods.

The developer is also requesting waivers so that a solid fence does not need to be installed and that a reduced width landscaped area can be installed along the western property line with the RiverPlace Condominiums.

A letter from Condominium Chairman Bruce Friefield said council supports Charleston’s proposal to plant instead of a solid fence.

He said Charleston cooperated in meeting specific council requests for additional plantings and the type of plantings along the property line, and the final landscaping proposal is consistent with the landscape of RiverPlace.

The developer has agreed to create a pedestrian connection along the east side of the Charlestown property from Aurora Avenue to the point where the path splits between the three north units and the Naperville Riverwalk.

Initially, a concrete sidewalk was proposed by the developer. The city’s Riverwalk commission said it would prefer brick paving, lights and benches.

Charleston’s developers agreed to Riverwalk brick standards, but did not commit to installing lights or benches, according to the city.

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