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3. Developers take another look at building in Crystal Lake
For the first time in years, developers have proposed two new projects that would bring new homes to Crystal Lake. In December, CalAtlantic Homes pitched its idea to build a 310-acre subdivision in the city’s northeast corner.
The development would include 489 new homes, and about half of the land would be open space, including woods, wetlands and parks.
Another developer, Kenneth Rawson, has his sights set on a 62-acre plot of land north of the Crystal Lake Business Center on the east side of Main Street. Rawson’s plan includes building 360 townhouses geared toward homebuyers who are age 55 and older, millennials and people looking to downsize their current living space.
Although planning and zoning commissioners expressed concerns about heavy traffic and housing density when the plan was proposed in November, City Council members received the idea more favorably.