Huntley Plan Commission to push back hearing on Route 47, Mill Street proposal

Proposal for residential-commercial complex to be continued to August

The Huntley Plan Commission will meet Monday to vote to push back another hearing on a controversial residential and commercial complex proposed in the area of Route 47 and Mill Street.

The proposal by County Board member and businessman Mike Skala has provoked ire from residents in the vicinity of the lot, as well as those in the area who don’t want to deal with traffic snarls the complex could cause.

Dozens of Huntley residents showed up to commission’s meeting last month to discuss their concerns. The continued public hearing will take place in August.

“The petitioner has asked for additional time to prepare information,” said Charles Nordman, director of Huntley’s development services. “As a result, there will be no discussion regarding the petition at the June 11 meeting.”

Skala wants to develop a commercial and residential complex on the long vacant 17-acre “old school” site.

Current plans call for three apartment buildings, four 16-unit townhouses, eight single-family homes and four 76,000-square-foot commercial office buildings.

Skala intends to build the development in eight phases, and there is no timetable he must stick to.

The first phase would include one 36-unit apartment building and its parking and stormwater management, and the second would include two commercial buildings and parking.

Phase 3 would include marketing and building the singe-family homes.

Phase 4 would include a 54-unit apartment building and its parking area. Phase 5 would include the construction of a third commercial building.

The sixth and seventh phases would complete the housing with a 42-unit apartment building and townhouses, and Phase 8 would complete the project with a final commercial building, according to city documents.

Skala has argued that his plan adheres to the village’s comprehensive plan and will bring economic development and residents to Huntley.

The Plan Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 10987 Main St. The only agenda item is the public hearing, which will be continued to Aug. 27, according to the agenda.

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