The townhouses Rawson pitched, however, would get rid of one of the negatives people find in modern townhouses – the garage being a focal point of the front of the building. These homes would have alleys so residents can park in the garages in the rear of the home, away from the main roadways.
Commissioner David Goss said the taxes on the homes will be high, and the design encourages people to drive elsewhere because it’s all residential. Rawson and village staff later said some people might walk east to the nearby Metra station.
Most commissioners said they liked the design and appreciated the creativity, but they weren’t sure it would work on the property. A couple said the city should look to attract a tech company or one that can use the adjacent railroad.
As of press time, there was no specific direction given to Rawson on how to proceed. ]
Rawson was adamant, however, that the village needs more residents to support its retail uses, especially as Amazon and e-commerce continue to increase market share.