Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
A proposed clubhouse and pool at a planned mixed-use development on the Northwest corner of Santa Fe Street and Waverly Rd is at the center of a neighborhood concern with homeowners at the Waverly Pointe Subdivision crying foul.
The residents attended a planning commission public hearing Feb. 26 and objected to the placement of the club and pool at a section of the proposed development next to townhomes.
The new development, if approved, will consist of luxury apartments and a high end retail sector that will include restaurants and shops.
Citing noise and increased population, the residents said building apartments in the neighborhood risked lowering their property values and forcing the school district to bus students to Edgerton to accommodate the surge in student population. They also cited increased traffic volume and proposed off street parking in the new development.
The developer, Gregory DiVilbiss, countered that his company had gone to great lengths to ensure that the development was of high quality and that the placement of the pool and club would not negatively affect the neighborhood.
“The pool and club will be under a management team with strict hours of service,” he said.
The commission voted 5-2 to advance the development. The proposal now goes to the full council for consideration.