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New development proposed in Batavia

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Updated: February 10, 2014 11:46AM

Batavia aldermen got their first look this week at a residential development proposed west of Randall Road.

M/I Homes of Naperville has proposed annexation and development of a 210-unit residential development on a 69-acre parcel west of Randall Road and north of McKee Street at Deerpath Road.

“It is certainly a trend that illustrates the real estate market is starting to turn,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said.

On Tuesday, the developer received the first signs of support from members of the joint City Council Committee of the Whole to proceed with the city’s planning process for a project described as a maintenance-free, single-family and multi-unit residential development with common open spaces and facilities, such as a clubhouse.

The proposal is for 134 single-family residences and 76 townhouses that would target “empty nesters” but would not be “age-restricted” to people 55 and over.

Staff said the economic downturn of 2008 caused the withdrawal of another residential proposal for the site.

“It is a good idea for the city. We do have a need for more housing,” Batavia Alderman Michael O’Brien said.

O’Brien did express concerns, however, that the city already has storm-related drainage issues that it has had to address and the proposal could do better to avoid problems in the future.

“My concern was with the storm drainage. We want to make sure it is covered and not put aside. I didn’t see a whole lot of space dedicated for infrastructure,” O’Brien said.

“If ever improvements were needed, it would be an added cost to the city. I don’t want to push that off to future City Councils and residents to absorb the cost because we didn’t do the proper planning,” O’Brien said.

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