A 76-townhome project in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Shermer Road in Northbrook, Illinois was the subject of a recent hearing held by town's Plan Commission.
The project would be built on 11 existing assembled properties on Shermer's south side, and would cover just over five acres. Homes included in the project would range from 2,200 to 2,600 square feet and from two- to three-and-a-half stories.
The project would be built by The Jacobs Homes. Developer Keith Jacobs was present at the hearing and commented on its potential to bring people downtown.
“This has a special impact on the viability of the downtown in the day and age of Amazon and what it’s done to downtown business areas,” he said.
Residents of properties near the proposed project site expressed concerns about insufficient buffers and setbacks, as well as stormwater retention, the loss of trees, insufficient landscaping and headlight glare into their homes.
Plan Commissioner Steven Elisco suggested Jacobs redesign portions of the project to make buffers more appealing and rearrange the buildings. Additionally, he said the project didn't have enough landscaping in the design.
Jacobs said he had met with neighbors to discuss the issues, and said plans are ever-changing.
“We fully intend to make this development something everyone will be proud of,” he said.