Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb will ask the village board of trustees Monday night to table discussion of the 435 Madison St. apartment complex proposal until a later date to give the development company more time to communicate with neighbors regarding changes made to the design.
“On Monday, I am going to ask the Village board to table the 435 Madison proposal in order to give the neighbors an opportunity to review the updated plan,” the mayor told Wednesday Journal.
The Plan Commission voted against sending a positive recommendation for the plans to the village board on March 5; the commission was unhappy with the size of the proposed building and its proximity to the Gunderson Historic District.
Applicant Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group (MAREG) has since altered its plans for the building, based on plan commission comments made March 5.
“In that plan, the developer has sought to address comments received from the Plan Commission and the community. They have reduced the number of units, increased the width of the landscape buffer, and increased the distance to the adjacent property,” said Abu-Taleb.
The newest plans for the development are available on the Oak Park village website under the Plan Commission tab. The village board is scheduled to vote on the development this Monday at its June 15 meeting.
“My hopes in tabling this proposal are that the developer may identify a forum to discuss the revised plan with interested neighbors, and that those neighbors will retain an open mind on this proposal,” said Abu-Taleb. “As we work toward an agreeable solution, I hope we will not lose sight of the fact that this proposal would provide significant funds for affordable housing, solar-powered electricity, and an opportunity to continue the revitalization of Madison Street.”