Home Builders Presenting Info on Proposed Development to Public Wednesday Night

The public can learn more information on a proposed single-family development for the vacant property along Maple Avenue at Grounds for Hope Cafe. No official project has been filed with the Village yet.


A national home building company has its eye on the patch of land formerly reserved for Meijer, and will release more information Wednesday night on its proposed concept.

K. Hovnanian Homes, formerly Town and Country Homes, is looking to construct a single-family community called Arbor Trails on the 60-acre plot between and the Green Trails Shopping Center on Maple Avenue.

The developer is holding a “sneak preview” at from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The developers will present a ‘preliminary land plan and home designs,' as well as answer residents’ questions. The development would include 163 homes, according to K. Hovnanian Homes representative Scott Barenbrugge.

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K. Hovnanian Homes purchased five suburban Chicago communities in 2011, and hopes to bring its reach to another five in 2012, according to Barenbrugge. He said location is a key factor in choosing a community.

"There's certainly some great opportunities in the marketplace, specifically in Lisle and this site," said Barenbrugge. "Lisle is situated near lots of employment, near highways. District 203 has some of the best schools in the state, and [Lisle] ranks very high on our list of great places to build."

Village Manager Jerry Sprecher said the builders have discussed their project with village staff, and while it seems likely they’ll make a formal presentation to the board, they have yet to file any official applications.

“As I understand it, we would expect that they are going to forward an application within a couple weeks or so,” he said.

Meijer Stores L.P. is still the registered owner of the property, according to the Lisle Township Assessor’s Office. Sprecher said the building company will likely operate on a contingent agreement with Meijer during its application process, and the official transition of property would take place upon final board approval. However, Sprecher said the Village is not privy to agreements between the companies.



A legal suit was successful in preventing the superstore from setting up shop roughly a decade ago, according to the Chicago Tribune. While a Meijer spokesman told the Tribune in 2003 that they were still interested in developing the property, they never approached the board with a new project.

Trustees and residents alike have expressed an interest in seeing the property developed, though not as a big box store. Village trustee candidates discussed their during a candidate forum last march. Candidates, including trustees Mark Boyle, Cathy Cawiezel, and Ed Young, agreed that some single-family development would be beneficial to the area. Patch readers of restaurants, multi-family housing, and retaining open space.


This story was originally published on Jan. 11.

Jane January 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I will never understand why Broda, Ed Young and Green Trails and CRADL all failed to lead, cooperate and negotiate a win-win compromise with Meijer rather than incur huge costs (both sides) to take the issue through the court system. All developers ask for the 'dream project' when they submit applications to a municipality and they expect to make changes to get approvals. Just look at how differently the neighbors on the northside compromised and negotiated with Navistar. No vacant building, more jobs in Lisle and no diesel engine testing and industrial operations. It can be done. The lack of leadership in Lisle is costing all Lisle taxpayers more. Lisle is raising property taxes again. Fewer residents, declining/aging population, yet higher taxes.
Jack January 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Jane, you are so right! David doesn't have to slay Goliath, just beat him up a bit! CRADL slayed Meijer - and Meijer in Lisle is dead; CHD beat up Navistar and now they are a better company for it!
Bill January 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Another missed opportunity for Lisle... http://glenellyn.patch.com/articles/construction-of-cinema-eatery-to-begin-next-month
Uncle Buckeye January 19, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Bill, as long as those 60 acres remains vacant there is a chance that something meaningful might be built there. And Jane, Meijer did attempt to ameliorate the objections posed by the residents and Board, such as planting trees as a buffer, but it was just never good enough. Meijer has an excellent reputation for being community friendly but apparently not sufficiently so for some of the pretentious Green Trails residents. Call and email the entire Village Board, the Mayor and the Village manager and tell them to end the foolishness and seek a remedy for Lisle’s "retail desert" with its declining sales tax dollars that they have perpetuated. Tell them to be proactive and actually MARKET a new "business friendly" Lisle. One would think them very receptive at this point given the failure of their “Naperville like” downtown. Just who builds a downtown with a fire station at its center anyway? I am confident there are retailers that will recognize the opportunity presented by a starved community anxious for the convenience of spending their dollars locally. Time to demand that Lisle free itself from the tyranny of Green Trails for the benefit of ALL of Lisle’s residents.
Maria January 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Feb 15, 2012 PZC Hearing - Application deadline Jan 18. March 21, 2012 PZC Hearing - Application deadline Feb 22.


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