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Redevelopment of Maplewood property in Cary to be discussed Oct. 3

CARY – Cary trustees again are slated to discuss the Maplewood property.

A discussion will take place at the Cary Committee of the Whole meeting, which starts immediately after the Village Board meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive.

Developer Patrick Taylor of Barrington-based Central One LLC will be presenting a revised concept plan based off feedback he heard from residents at a meeting Aug. 22.

More than 40 residents spoke out during the August meeting, many voicing concerns that the proposed high-density, multifamily housing development wouldn’t fit with the small-town, open-space feel of Cary.

Director of Community Development Brian Simmons said Taylor has taken the feedback and is working on a new concept plan, which has not yet been formally submitted to the village.

“The proposal is very conceptual, and we are in the very early phases looking at redevelopment,” Simmons said. “Eventually, it will have to go through formal building and zoning, but right now, we are in a conceptual phase.”

Cary School District 26 closed the school in 2010 because of declining enrollment. Built in 1929, the 42,000-square-foot facility was one of the district’s oldest schools. The school board approved a $2.5 million purchase agreement with Central One LLC for the property in July after putting it up to bid for the third time since the school has been vacant.

The 15-acre site, 422 W. Krenz Ave., sits close to Cary’s downtown and is surrounded by single-family residential homes. Taylor’s original concept included multistory apartment complexes along the Metra railroad tracks, detached single-family condominiums and open park space.

The meeting will be livestreamed online.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect who owns the Maplewood property.

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