Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Ideas draw support from former village trustee who opposed development.
Shrouded by forests and a winding road that disappears from sight off Green Bay Road, the Stonebridge development seemed to promote exclusivity and detachment from Lake Bluff. But in his 15-minute talk before the Lake Bluff Village Board on Monday night, architect Bob Hidey spoke of a Stonebridge that incorporates more aspects of the surrounding Lake Bluff community, such as: Hidey, of Robert Hidey Architects based in Irvine, Calif., is working with The Roanoke Group, which is Stonebridge’s financing partner and project owner. He is expected to return to show some conceptual floor plans to the Village Board within a month, according to Peter Kyte, principal of The Roanoke Group. “This is really the true start of the process as we come back…
Friday, January 20, 2012
Land-use architect will speak to board about the evolving project Monday night.
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Lake Bluff officials hope to hear greater specifics on the Stonebridge development at Monday night’s Village Board meeting. Bob Hidey, of Robert Hidey Architects based in Irvine, Calif., is expected to address the Village Board on potential changes to the layout of Stonebridge. Hidey’s name was introduced at the Jan. 9 Village Board meeting by Peter Kyte, principal of The Roanoke Group, which is Stonebridge’s financing partner and project owner. “He is one of the well-known land-use architects,” Kyte said. “They are very comfortable working with less acreage. He’s going to have no problem bringing the character of Lake Bluff to this development.” At the Jan. 9 meeting, The Roanoke Group introduced its new team after parting ways with …
Friday, April 29, 2011
Village Board approves resolutions to move Stonebridge deal ahead.
The 47-acre Stonebridge property will be in the hands of the development company, SunCal, by early next week, according to Chris Rintz, managing partner of Stonebridge Lake Bluff, LLC. The Lake Bluff Village Board approved two resolutions and the second reading of an ordinance Monday night (April 25) that allowed the Stonebridge deal to move forward. In November 2006, the Village placed an age restriction on the Stonebridge property and approved a development agreement between Stonebridge and the Village. On Monday, the Board approved the amendment of the development agreement and the removal of the age restriction. The Board also passed a resolution on Monday approving a transferee assumption agreement to allow SunCal to replace …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Deal with Sun Cal takes important step toward finalization.
The Lake Bluff Village Board approved the removal of an age restriction on the Stonebridge property by a 6-1 vote at its Monday night meeting. Trustee Rick Lesser cast the only "no" vote. After receiving recommendations from both the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission, the Board passed an ordinance amending the existing ordinance that included the age restriction. Before voting, each trustee voiced their opinion on removing the age restriction and had the chance to have their concerns addressed by both Chris Rentz of Stonebridge Lake Bluff, LLC and SunCal representative Stan Brown, the company's senior vice president of real estate development. Each trustee gave their own opinions on the amendment and raised issues including …
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Trustees will vote to keep or lift two age restrictions after Stonebridge received OKs from the zoning board and plan commission.
The three year Stonebridge saga may soon be coming to a close. The Lake Bluff Village Board of Trustees will vote at its Monday night meeting to either lift or keep the age restrictions currently on the 47-acre property. Both the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Plan Commission voted in favor of lifting the restrictions. The Board of Trustees will consider their recommendations. Stonebridge was initially developed with an age restriction for residents 55 and older and not under the age of 18. The California-based development company SunCal agreed to purchase the property from Stonebridge Lake Bluff LLC under the condition the age restriction was lifted. During the ZBA Public Hearing, Stan Brown SunCal senior vice president of real estate …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
SunCal emphasizes they will not ask for any more density.
The Village of Lake Bluff Zoning Board of Appeals voted 5-1 Wednesday night to remove the legal designation of the Stonebridge property as an age restricted development. Stonebridge was originally developed with an age restriction for residents 55 and older and not under the age of 18. Both restrictions were lifted. Tonight (March 17), the Village of Lake Bluff Plan Commission will take its turn with a public hearing concerning the age restriction. Both the ZBA and Plan Commission’s recommendations will be passed on to the Village Board for a potential vote at its next meeting on March 28. The only member of the ZBA to vote against the proposal was Gary Peters. Board member Mary Collins was absent. Development company SunCal had agreed to …