A 248-unit apartment project near Deerfield Road and the Tri-State Toll Rod got a unanimous final approval from the Deerfield Village Board of Trustees and a second project of 240 units at 1525 Lake Cook Road moved closer to a final vote today at a meeting of the Board.
The Lake Cook Road development, a joint venture of AMLI Companies and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (AMLI Deerfield), should get a final vote next month. The Board unanimously approved a report of the Plan Commission recommending a final development plan.
Woodview Apartments, the Deerfield Road project, will break ground in November with the first units ready for occupancy in January, 2015, according to Greg Moyer of Ravine Park Partners, one of the projects principals.
Rents at Woodview will range from approximately $1,260 to $2,800 for layouts of large studios, one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom units and a few of three-bedroom size, according to Moyer.
Should AMLI Deerfield get final approval, it will break ground by the end of the year with the first apartments available in the second quarter of 2015, according to AMLI Executive Vice President Steve Ross. Rents will range from $1,260 to $2,450 for a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom units.
Both projects received preliminary approval from the Board earlier this year before taking detailed plans to the Plan Commission for a final OK. Though AMLI received its preliminary approval first, it was delayed trying to satisfy a wish of the Board to have a protected crossing across Lake Cook Road at Wilmot Road.
That crossing was one thing AMLI was not able to provide because of the refusal of the Cook County Department of Transportation to go along.
“It took us two months to get a meeting,” Ross said of his efforts with Cook County. “They were adamantly opposed and unwilling to allow that crossing of Lake Cook Road.” Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street let the Board know of Deerfield’s efforts to assist AMLI and the refusal of the County.
Other changes the Village wanted to see including covered parking at all levels, wider parking spaces were included in the final plan along with a larger clubhouse.
With nearly 500 more dwelling units coming to the Village in the next two years, Mayor Harriet Rosenthal is thrilled with the projects potential impact on Deerfield.
“It’s great,” she said. “More people will be moving to Deerfield. If the young professionals come to live here because they work here we hope they will decide to raise their families in Deerfield.”
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