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Monarch Landing to be smaller than planned

Monarch Landing residents Lillian Scanlan, Leila Zweibel and Marge Kelleher browse TaylorMarie’s jewelry selections at the fourth annual Monarch Landing Fashion Show in November.  |  Submitted by Monarch Landing

Monarch Landing residents Lillian Scanlan, Leila Zweibel and Marge Kelleher browse TaylorMarie’s jewelry selections at the fourth annual Monarch Landing Fashion Show in November. | Submitted by Monarch Landing

Naperville’s Planning and Zoning Commission has unanimously approved text changes in the plan for the Monarch Landing development at Route 59 and Ferry Road.

The project was originally conceived as having 1,650 independent living units and 160 assisted-living care units on an 80-acre campus, only to fall victim of the real estate crash of the last decade.

“Sales didn’t happen like they were supposed to,” attorney Russ Whitaker, representing Naperville Senior Care, told the commission.

Already developed on the campus are 367 independent living units and 124 assisted-living units, which occupy 50.6 acres of the campus.

Changes to the plan included a conditional use permit to allow selling the remaining 29.3 acres to a private developer for a multi-family development independent of Monarch Landing.

Naperville Senior Care broke ground earlier this year on the Springs at Monarch Landing, a facility providing short and long-term rehabilitation, memory assisted living and skilled nursing scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.

Whitaker said there were no immediate plans for a sale to any specific developer and stressed that the company had its hands full with the construction of the health center at the site.

“We’re focused on the campus itself,” he said.

Commissioner Stephen Frost asked for an explanation on granting the conditional use permit for multi-family dwellings.

“There should have been a conditional use permit approved at the time (of the original petition), but it was never approved,” Ying Liu of Naperville’s Planning Services Team said.

Liu also pointed out that the codes for independent living and multi-family housing are not in conflict.

Liu said that the loss of some parking spaces would still leave the site with enough spaces to satisfy the variance already granted of 1.32 spaces per independent living unit and 1 space per four assisted-living beds.

Frost indicated that his concerns had been answered and his colleague Bob Williams praised the plan.

“I am favorably impressed,” he said. “Condensing it (from the original plan) made it better.”

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