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Public Can Speak to Proposed Apartment Complex Development at Tonight's Hearing

The City of Wheaton Planning and Zoning Board will consider Morningside Equities' application for a Planned Unit Development approval to build a 306-unit apartment complex downtown.

Residents will have an opportunity to speak publicly about a proposed development at 218 Wesley Street in downtown Wheaton at the 7 p.m. Planning and Zoning Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24 at .

Developer Morningside Equities Inc. has submitted an application for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval to allow the construction of a on a vacant downtown lot bounded by, Wesley, Scott, Front and Cross streets, according to a city memo.

The public may make a statement at the hearing or submit comments in writing prior to the hearing.

Mary Ellen Martin, senior development manager for Morningside Equities Inc. told Patch in November Morningside plans to close on the property in early 2012 and begin construction in 2012.

Morningside presented its vision for the property to City Council in a Nov. 8 meeting as part of its due diligence to gauge city support for the project.

billy January 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Didn't the City of Wheaton previously provide up-front funding to a previous developer that failed and monies were lost? Plan to give me the building and then provide the money seems required ? Didn't yet pick up the parking improvements needed to support the apartments, extra cars and vistors - library parking lot is already full !
CAROLE January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The idea for a complex downtown is great! However, make the rents available to those of us who do not earn $100k a year. Are all the planned "frills" really necessary?
Jasper January 31, 2012 at 03:13 AM
In addition to cutting back on the 'luxury' features to make it more affordable and thus more marketable to middle income individuals/families, I feel like the plan should include first floor commercial space as the Wescott Crossing had implemented. It would extend the business district along Front Street to connect Tom's Price to the rest of downtown. Of course, this would result in a displacement of a whole floor that was intended for residential space. This type of addition might prompt the developer to simply displace the building upward by one floor, effectively raising it to a height of 7 stories. I personally wouldn't mind a taller building; in a landlocked city, the only way to go is up! I believe the First Trust building and the Courthouse Square projects have enhanced the downtown area; their heights are not a detriment but a complement.
Angie O'Gram January 31, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Maybe they are aiming to attract more affluent people to Wheaton, and not the middle class!


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