Lexington Club (Former Applied Composites)
New Proposed Development Plan
Lexington Homes, the developer of the project, has submitted a formal request to revise the development plan for the project to include only single-family detached houses (107 units). The change to the development plan requires rezoning all of the property for single family use, amending the 2013 planned unit development (PUD) ordinance to reflect the change in land use, and approval of a new PUD Preliminary Plan (including site, engineering, landscape and architectural plans).
A public hearing to review the proposal was held by the Plan Commission on March 17, 2015. The Plan Commission has recommended approval of the new plans for the project.
The project is next expected to be reviewed by the Planning & Development Committee of the City Council as early as May 2015.
Background on the Project
The Lexington Club Project is a residential redevelopment of the former Applied Composites Company industrial site located northwest of Downtown St. Charles. The property is generally bounded by Dean Street and Street Street on the south, 5th Street on the east, the former railroad tracks on the north, and 12th Street on the west. The overall site area is approximately 28 acres.
The Applied Composites Company ceased operation at the site in 2005. In 2008, the City Council adopted a Comprehensive Plan Amendment with future land use and development recommendations for the site and the surrounding neighborhood. The City Council approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Ordinance and Redevelopment Agreement for the project on January 7, 2013. The Final Plat of Subdivision was approved by City Council on April 15, 2013.
The Redevelopment Agreement specifies certain milestones for the project:
- Enrollment in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Site Remediation Program. This was completed on October 4, 2013.
- All public improvements shall be substantially completed by October 15, 2016. This includes utilities and streets, but does not include sidewalks, final street paving, or parkway landscaping.
- Construction of the project shall be completed by December 31, 2021.
Site Development Work
Lexington Homes has hired Huff and Huff as their environmental consultant. Huff and Huff has installed monitoring wells on the site, performed sampling, and completed and submitted the necessary documentation required for enrollment into the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (IEPA) Site Remediation Program (SRP). In October 2013, the project site was officially accepted into the IEPA's Site Remediation Program. The Site Remediation Plan has been has been approved by the IEPA.
Additional site work is on hold while the City reviews the developer's revised plans for the project. Environmental remediation work will occur as a part of the overall site grading and utility installation, which could begin later this year.