In January an annexation agreement was approved for Carden Springs, a 39 acre 477 unit residential development that will feature townhomes and apartments, by the Normal Town Council with no opposition. That agreement provided the developer, Fairlawn Capital, who was a partner in the agreement, enough assurance to move forward with purchasing the property.
City Manager Pam Reece explained, “The annexation agreement was passed in January that identified how it (the property) was going to be zoned, how many units, that it was going to be a Planned Unit Development (PUD). So everything in January was laid out.”
Greg Troemel, Director of Inspections, put it this way, “All the heavy lifting was done back in January, like the public hearings where we met with the neighbors, went to the planning commission, brought it back to council.”
And that all was done but then that’s all kind of contractual between the developer and the seller,” Troemel continued, “So then once that is approved then they can say, ok, now we can consummate our deal.”
“And then the developer and the owner, separate from the town, went, closed on the property and now Fairlawn is the actual owner. Well now that they own it, they can literally come in as the owner and have it annexed, get approval to develop the plan exactly as was identified in January.”
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In January the agreement was presented to council as three actions they would need to take at a later date.
Those actions were brought back to council this week and the council approved each unanimously. They approved; the annexation of the property, rezoning the property and the Preliminary PUD.
Regarding the timing of construction Troemel said, “You will probably start to see earthmoving equipment and dust and noise, I would think, mid to late summer. Their engineers are working on their hard construction plans, like detailed engineering plans for sewer and water and even the internal private roadways. There is a lot of dirt and earthwork out there so it is going to take some time to shape the property.”
Troemel continued, “You probably won’t see structures coming up out of the ground. Maybe late fall, mid fall, maybe before the snow flies we will see some buildings start to come up out of the ground. They will probably get into a place where they can maybe shell them and get them enclosed, get roofs on them, … and then get themselves into a place where they can work in the winter to do the interior.”
The site for this development is the property located on the northwest corner of Beech St. and Towanda Ave. bounded by those two roadways as well as I-55 on the north and Wintergreen III subdivision on the west.

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