Former Ken Loch Golf Course - Donven Homes’ Woodmoor Development
Frequently Asked Questions
In December, 2013, DuPage County approved zoning actions for the Ken Loch Golf Course redevelopment into a multiple family residential development. The Woodmoor project will consist of 288 apartment units in 4 buildings and 100 townhome units. The Village of Lombard prepared this summary specifically for the Open House event to answer the latest common questions.
What is the latest regarding the Ken Loch site?
With approvals in place, Donven Homes has completed final engineering plan review activities for the site. This step is required before DuPage County allows for construction to start on the project.
What is the project status and will construction start?
Donven Homes now intends to start site construction in March 2018. The first work to be undertaken on the site is regrading activities and creation of the stormwater detention facilities. Construction of any townhome or apartment would not occur until requisite stormwater detention facilities are in place and operational, in June/July 2018.
Why was the project delayed again?
Delays in financing for the apartments led to a delay in site construction. Rather than start construction in the fall and be on hold during the winter months, the scheduled was changed to have site improvement work begin in March 2018 and building construction to start in June/July 2018.
What formal actions still need to be taken by the Village?
The previously approved utility agreement will be reinstated as the previous construction and development timelines have expired. The Village will consider the matter at the December 7, 2017 Board Meeting, which starts at 7:00 p,m.
Is Donven Homes still going to address past concerns raised by neighbors?
Donven Homes originally entered into a utilities agreement with the Village to help adjacent property owners address past flooding concerns near the project. The agreement provides for, in addition to required stormwater detention for the Woodmoor development itself, an additional detention facility on the Ken Loch property to accommodate runoff from the adjacent neighborhood(s). In addition, stormwater will be diverted during heavier rain events into the new detention facility instead of backing up into residential streets and properties. A new storm sewer pipe will be constructed along 18th Street, in a new easement, to convey the stormwater to the new detention facility. The Village will be working with the affected property owners in this regard. The proposed reinstated agreements would establish all of these obligations.
What has been the Village’s role in this process?
The Village continues to work with Donven Homes and DuPage County and will be a partner through the construction stages of the project. The Village will also be taking a lead role in the traffic signal enhancements and companion roadway improvements at the Finley Road and Oak Creek Drive intersection.
What benefits may be derived from this development?
Donven will be obligated to address the existing condition of the existing bicycle path east of their property through its reconstruction. Vegetation along the east property line will also be enhanced. The project will address and preserve the wetland areas. An additional sidewalk will be constructed along Finley Road abutting the development. Traffic signal enhancements will also be undertaken at Oak Creek Drive and Finley Road.
How does Donven Homes benefit from working with the Village?
In consideration of these improvements, the approved utility agreement allows Donven Homes to connect to the Village’s public water and sanitary sewer systems. The final terms of the utility connections and the aforementioned site improvements also require Donven Homes to work closely with Village staff on the required improvements.
Who is Urban Street Group and what will their role be in this development?
Urban Street Group will be the development entity of the apartment units for the project. They will proceed with the apartment construction after Donven Homes has completed all of the site engineering improvements. Donven Homes will still be the developer of the townhome units.
What is the target market for the rental properties?
Donven Homes has estimated that the rental rates for the project will be about $1,400 to $2,000 a month depending on unit size. Per their original market analysis, the townhome units would be in the sales price range of $250,000 to $310,000.
The utility agreement also identified neighborhood input regarding the final vegetation along the eastern portion of the development. How will this be done?
The final landscape plan will attempt to address the impacts of development while addressing the desire of adjacent residents to have input on the plan. Village and County staff will also review the document for compliance with applicable codes, any restrictions pertaining to plant removal and any companion restoration work. Landscaping should begin in mid-June 2018.
How will construction traffic impact the neighborhood to the east?
Construction activity within the Knolls of Yorktown and Yorktown Woods area would be limited to those vehicles that are undertaking engineering work on the far eastern end of the project as well as within the existing subdivisions itself. The apartment and townhome construction activity will access the site from Finley Road.
What about the existing pathway?
The existing pathway will be reconstructed and partially shifted to the west. The origin and termination points of the pathway will remain unchanged. The pathway will be reconstructed by Donven Homes with ongoing physical maintenance to be performed by the Village.
What kind of construction rules will apply to the contractor in terms of hours of operation, clean up, etc.?
Donven Homes has committed to being a good neighbor through the construction project. DuPage County sets the hours of construction for activity on their property. Per their Building Code, construction hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Village would regulate any construction activity in Lombard. Lombard’s construction hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. The developer is obligated to clean up any dirt and/or debris that is on the public right-of-way.
How can I stay informed about this project?
DuPage County is responsible for the final development approvals on the site itself and questions can be transmitted to county staff at (630)407-6500. Donven Homes has also committed to keeping the Village abreast of all activities associated with the project. Residents can also contact the Lombard Community Development Department at (630)620-5700 for more information. Donven Homes, as general contractor, will be in attendance at the meeting to answer any specific questions. Once construction is starting, a companion development sign will also be erected to inform interested parties regarding developer contact information accordingly.