PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Plan Commission on Monday approved a master conceptual plan for the proposed Creekside Crossing Development with a reduced number of single-family home lots.
The commission voted unanimously to approved the revised plan, which reduces the number of proposed lots from 54 to 41 for the subdivision known as Creekside Terrace. The revision also eliminated a two-family lot that had been previously proposed.
The proposed project is located on about 59 acres east of Green Bay Road and north of 93rd Street. Most of the development is encompassed by Creekside Circle to the south and bordered by 62nd Avenue to the east.
Creekside Terrace is Phase II of the development, which is being developed by Kenosha-based Bear Development. As the project continues through the village process, Bear will be requesting a residential zoning change from a multi-family to urban residential use.
First phase includes apartments
In May, the Village Board approved the first phase of the development, which includes seven 20-unit apartment buildings on 14.5 acres on the west side of the site at 91st Street and Old Green Bay Road.
Some nearby condominium residents opposed the apartments, saying they would increase crime and maintenance costs while decreasing property values.
To address the concerns, the developer agreed to move the apartment units to the west, farther away from the condos.
The apartments are under construction and are expected to be completed in late summer or early fall of next year.
New roads under construction
According to Jean Werbie-Harris, the village’s community development director, in addition to developing the lots, Bear is completing the construction of Creekside Circle, 62nd Avenue and other related roadways serving the development.
Bear will also be constructing concrete sidewalks to complete Creekside Circle, in accordance with village policy for sidewalks in residential developments. The developer is also providing funds for park equipment at Creekside Park, located within the development.
Pedestrian or roadway access to Ingram Park would be established as well, Werbie-Harris said.
As a result of the revisions, 37 of the 41 lots are next to open space, retention basins or wetland areas, according to the plans.
At the public hearing for the project, Ken Harju, a condominium resident, thanked the developer for funding for park equipment and for a “very fair” development process.
Harju said he was concerned about 31 trees that could be potentially affected once the proposed sidewalks are installed.
Harju said he was also concerned about traffic speeding by a playground within Creekside, where village police have advised residents to slow down. Village staff and the police chief examined intersections in the residential area, but determined additional stop signs weren’t warranted as of now.
Harju said that even though stop signs weren’t in the plans, he suggested the village look at adding a playground sign.
After the approval, Bear Development President S.R. Mills said the reduction of lots and density was necessary due to the cost of the roadwork requirements for the project.
“The additional roadwork to put those cul-de-sacs in and the ponds that are needed, it was going to be, financially, a bit of a push,” Mills said. “So, we looked at it, and some of the concerns of the people there and said maybe we could reduce some of it.”
Paint store approved
In other business, the commission approved a master conceptual plan for the construction of a Sherwin-Williams paint products store.
The request was made by Kevin Vernick on behalf of MEV PP LLC for the 4,000-square-foot store to be constructed on a 1.27-acre lot in the Prairie Ridge development located between 76th Street and Prairie Ridge Boulevard, east of 91st Avenue.