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Woodstock commission to consider addition of apartments to Founders Crossing plan

Developers want fewer single-family homes, to add apartments instead

Developer Kenneth Rawson and his daughter, architect Rhonda Rawson, listen to the commissioners ask questions during a meeting of the Woodstock Plan Commission June 27at Woodstock City Hall. The plan commission was discussing the Founders Crossing development.
Developer Kenneth Rawson and his daughter, architect Rhonda Rawson, listen to the commissioners ask questions during a meeting of the Woodstock Plan Commission June 27at Woodstock City Hall. The plan commission was discussing the Founders Crossing development.

Woodstock’s Plan Commission is expected to again consider the controversial Founders Crossing housing proposal.

Developers Ken and Rhonda Rawson originally wanted to construct 92 single-family homes on an 11.5-acre site known as Woodstock Station, located off Clay and First streets near the railroad. The developers faced criticism from Plan Commission members – who recommended denial of the plat plan twice – and nearby residents.

Residents and commissioners have expressed concern about traffic effects, density, the overall layout of the development and whether the project is right for the prominent property.

The father-daughter team now proposes the addition of apartment buildings to the site, and removed 10 single-family homes from the proposal.

“The total density of the development has increased from 92 units to 118 units,” Woodstock Building and Zoning Director Joe Napolitano said. “Instead of 92 single-family lots, the new proposal has 82 single-family lots and two lots, each of which will have an 18-unit apartment building.”

The proposed apartment buildings would be located on the south portion of the site, nearest to the existing Metra lot, he said.

The four-story apartment buildings would have parking on the first floor with six 1,100-square-foot apartment units on the second, third and fourth floors, according to planning documents. There would be 27 required parking spots per building, according to planning documents.

The buildings would feature a roof deck, extra storage and laundry appliances, according to planning documents. The apartments would be two-bedroom, two-bathroom with “high-end finishes,” according to planning documents.

Other changes to the site plan since its original review include the addition of a boulevard on Newell, more open space, guest parking and walking paths to the Metra and proposed dog park.

The area is in Woodstock’s tax increment financing district, and the City Council already has given tentative approval for the developer to use TIF funds for aspects of the project.

The Plan Commission will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St.

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