Clarendon Hills resident wants to build downtown condos
The vacant southeast corner of Prospect and Park Avenues is where a longtime Clarendon Hills resident wants to build condominiums. | Chuck Fieldman—Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 1, 2013 6:10AM
CLARENDON HILLS — A longtime Clarendon Hills resident wants to build condominiums at the southeast corner of Prospect and Park avenues.
Mike Van Zandt is seeking downtown design review approval for a 4-story, 11-unit residential condominium. The plan is on the agenda for the 7 p.m. Feb. 25 Downtown Design Review Commission meeting at Village Hall, 1 N. Prospect Ave.
Plans call for the ground-level parking be underground because the property is on a hill. Individual condominium units are expected to mainly be two and three bedrooms.
“I want larger units and don’t want to build out until the unit owner can have a hand in the design,” Van Zandt said.
The vacant property at 103 S. Prospect Ave., is about 18,000 square feet, which is about 0.4 acres and the size of two residential lots, said Dan Ungerleider, director of community development. The property is at the south end of the village’s downtown area.
“I think it’s a wonderful location for proximity to downtown, and it’s very convenient for commuters, with the train station so close,” Van Zandt said. “I also think it can be a great location for empty nesters who want to stay in town, but have a larger space than what’s available in other condominiums.”
A house previously on the property was demolished in 2006. In 2007, tentative plans for 16 condo units with restaurant, retail space, and underground parking never materialized.
Ungerleider said the property is zoned for business. If the Downtown Design Review Commission approves the architectural design for the condominium project, the next step would be for Van Zandt to go to the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission to seek approval for a planned unit development.~.