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60-unit apartment project in Crystal Lake nears approval

CRYSTAL LAKE – An Indiana company could get approval to move forward with a plan to build a 60-unit apartment project along Congress Parkway in Crystal Lake.

The Crystal Lake City Council could vote on the project Tuesday, said Crystal Lake planner Elizabeth Maxwell. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission backed the final designs for the development at a meeting earlier this month.

Pedcor Investments LLC, of Carmel, Ind., is seeking permission to build six "big house" style apartment buildings with 10 units each on a 7.76-acre site on Congress Parkway behind the Crystal Point Mall. The vacant site is adjacent to where Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is building the Gable Point senior housing project, according to city records.

The buildings will look like large single-family homes. They will offer a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 672 square feet to 1,173 square feet. It will include a clubhouse, playground, gazebo, grill and picnic area, and a pedestrian path to Crystal Point Mall. Rental rates will range from $700 to $950 each, according to plans presented in May 2012.

During a hearing in May before the Planning and Zoning Commission, Pedcor officials said more of this type of workforce housing was needed in Crystal Lake. The project also got support from the McHenry County Economic Development Corp.

Congress Parkway is a commercial corridor that is home to medical offices, health facilities, and other businesses. The city's Post Office and one of its Metra stations are also on Congress Parkway.

It wasn't immediately clear when construction would start on the project.

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