Rowhomes approved

A new townhome community will be built next to the DuPage River in Plainfield. (Photo of artist's image by Joseph Ruzich, Special to the Tribune / July 22, 2014)

Plainfield trustees on Monday approved a revised plan to build a new townhome community on higher ground near the DuPage River.

The number of townhomes has been reduced from 212 to 149, allowing the Rowhomes of Prairie Creek to be built on a higher portion of the 64-acre site near Illinois Highway 59 and 135th Street. Documents indicate that the property is now well above the 100- and 500-year storm flood zone.

The developer, Ryan Homes, also agreed to add design elements that are more consistent with village standards. The three-story townhomes will include more brick, bay windows, trim around the doors, and windows on the garages, among other things.

Trustees unanimously agreed to approve the site plan and a preliminary and final plat for the property. Trustees also directed the village attorney to draft an ordinance for a special use planned development and another ordinance rezoning the area from industrial to residential.

"I don't want to see an industrial (building) go there," said Trustee Jim Racich. "I would rather see a (housing) development that has some substance that the village of Plainfield will be proud of."

Ryan Homes also will construct a walking path near the river area that will connect to another path and a nearby park. Home prices will range from $250,000 to $260,000, according to company officials, who added that some preliminary construction will begin at the site this fall.

Trustee Margie Bonuchi told Ryan Homes representatives that she is pleased with the development, but feels that a lone street going in and out of the community might not be able to handle all the traffic.

"I wish there was another road in and out of the subdivision," Bonuchi said. But she voted in favor, saying, "make it nice, please."

Trustees also approved an amendment to a cigarette and tobacco ordinance prohibiting persons under the age of 18 from purchasing, possessing and selling electronic cigarettes in the village.

"They are now very prevalent around the community," said Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek. The amendment to the ordinance also requires all tobacco vendors to keep electronic cigarettes and all other tobacco products behind the counter.

Konopek said after the meeting that tobacco dealers were allowed to sell electronic cigarettes to minors before the ordinance, but he didn't know of any who were.