Current Development Projects
This webpage provides information about current and proposed development projects in Union Grove. Visit the Village Meetings page for information about upcoming meetings of the Village Board, Plan Commission and Community Development Authority. Also be sure to follow the Village’s newsletters for more news and announcements.
The Granary (State St. and Mill Ave.)
The Granary development is a 73-unit multi-family development project consisting of five townhouse-style apartment buildings near State St. and Mill Ave. and one commercial building on Main St. The project is the result of a multi-year planning effort to revitalize an old grain mill site near downtown Union Grove. The Granary development aims to eliminate blighted conditions that existed on these lots and to help support local businesses in the downtown area.
In September 2018, the Village Board approved a development agreement for The Granary, which involved the creation of a tax incremental financing district (TID #5) to help fund the necessary land acquisition, environmental remediation and infrastructure costs associated with the project. The agreement provided that the development will result in $10.0 million of new assessed value and that initial tax increment generated by the development will reimburse the land and infrastructure costs and will provide development incentives of up to $1.3 million (if minimum values are met). TID #5 is anticipated to close by 2041.
March 2019 – After breaking ground in early Fall 2018, construction of The Granary townhouses are well underway and an application waitlist has started for occupancy later this year. Road and utility work is beginning on State St. and Mill Ave. A retail tenant for the storefront on Main St. has not yet been announced.
The Residences at Dunham Grove (69th Dr. east of Shumann Dr.)
In 2018, Pre/3 purchased the western half of the “Fonk property,” a 45-acre parcel located in the southeast corner of Union Grove on 69th Dr., east of Shuman Dr. The Residences at Dunham Grove is a proposal for 63 single-family residential units and 120 multi-family units (10 buildings with 12 units each). Phase 1 of the project would be constructed in 2020 and would be comprised of 23 single-family homes and all of the multi-family units. Phase 2 would be constructed at a future time and would include the remaining 40 single-family homes.
The Village Board approved a development agreement on April 22, 2019. The agreement is contingent upon the developer obtaining all of the necessary zoning approvals for the project, which are expected to go before the Plan Commission and Village Board in May and June. The agreement is also conditioned upon the creation of a tax incremental financing district (TID #6) to fund the infrastructure needed to serve the development. As part of the agreement, the project will achieve a minimum assessed value of $20.7 million by 2023 and an additional value of $14.2 million by 2029. Initial tax increment generated by the development will be used to pay for infrastructure and the developer will receive incentives up to $2 million (if minimum values are met). The TID would close by 2040 and an expected $34.8 million will be added to the Village’s property tax base. In addition to adding considerable assessed value and new housing options, the project will result in new water and sewer service to the southeast corner of the Village from Highway 11.
June 13, 2019 – Public hearings were held at the Plan Commission meeting on June 3 regarding the developer’s requested comprehensive plan amendment and re-zoning. A public hearing for the planned unit development was held at the Village Board meeting on June 10. Following the public hearings and recommendations from the Plan Commission, the Village Board approved the developer’s zoning requests, subject to the Village Planner’s conditions. The developer is required to obtain approval for a final plat, which may be considered by the Plan Commission later in the summer.
- Pre3 Development Plan Excerpt (April 2019)
- Village Planner Review Memo (May 2019)
- Fonk Property Concept Site Plan (2018)
Canopy Hill (S. Colony Ave. and 58th Rd.)
Canopy Hill is a 160-acre multi-use housing development that was originally proposed in 2007 but was delayed due to the Great Recession. Canopy Hill has been re-introduced with plans for 240 market rate multifamily units, 202 single family lots and approximately 80 units total of both senior independent and assisted living. The developers are aiming to “provide a wide array of housing to retain existing residents, attract new residents, foster a resurgence of Downtown Main St. and further bolster a top tier school district.”
April 2019 – Representatives from Bear Development presented a concept plan for Canopy Hill to joint meetings of the Village Board, Plan Commission and Community Development Authority on February 25 and April 22. The project will require a development agreement and necessary zoning approvals from the Plan Commission and Village Board. No timetable has been set for these items.
- Canopy Hill Updated Concept Plan (April 2019)
- Bear Development Concept Plan Letter (February 20, 2019)
- Canopy Hill Concept Plan Design Set (February 19, 2019)
Back Portion of Indian Trail Park (New St., south of 17th Ave.)
In December 2018, Don Houston (Houston Properties LLC) approached the Village with the request to acquire the back portion of Indian Trail Park for the purpose of building two new apartment buildings. The back portion of the park (approximately 17,000 sq. ft.) is a wooded area not currently used for park purposes. Although there are no restrictions on the land to use it for park purposes, the Village declined the request to transfer the land to Mr. Houston at no cost. The Village has not received any formal proposals for the land or development on the property.