Some supporters of the proposed senior living facility have suggested that owners are against seniors. We are not against seniors, as many of us qualify are seniors ourselves!
Our objection is that this massive commercial/institutional use is most inappropriate on this small 1.197 acre site. If you check out other senior housing developments, you’ll immediately notice that they are located on multi-acre sites separated from adjacent residential areas by parks and other passive recreational areas. In fact, under Wheaton’s zoning ordinance would require approximately a 5-acre lot as a standalone development.
Many city officials have told us this isn’t a zoning issue – some don’t care about zoning and land use at all. Those ordinances protect us and the City is contemplating abandoning those protections in the case of Courthouse Square. The City officials think this is all about the TIF debt service shortfall. So the City is contemplating a zoning decision that they would never make except for the dollars. By the way, as of now, it’s the developer’s guaranty and the real estate tax increment being paid by the CHS residents that is funding the debt service on the bonds – the City’s general corporate funds haven’t been touched up until now. This idea that the entire City is somehow supporting our luxurious life still is plain wrong.
We hope to see you at the Planning and Development Hearing this Tuesday, June 5. Thank you.