Village delays approval of 42-unit senior villa project

Rantoul Press editor

Rantoul Village Board approval of a Plan Commission recommendation to re-plat property for development of a 42-unit senior villa housing complex met with a delay.

The village board will, as a result, hold its third meeting of the month at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the municipal building.

Miller-Valentine Residential Construction, Cincinnati, plans to build the ranch-style multiplex villas in the area of Twin Lakes Drive and Alta Brown Drive, north of Brookstone Estates.

The village board delayed approval of an ordinance approving a final plat for the project at its monthly meeting Nov. 13.

It also delayed approving a final development plan for the project.

Village Attorney Ken Beth said a problem had developed.

“In connection with the final plat ... we’ve discovered that some of that property has been owned by the condominium association,” and some adjustments are needed, Beth said.

The project will include a mixture of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

As outlined at the board’s study session Nov. 6, the proposal would include transfer of ownership of some area streets to the village, including Taylor Place, the north end of Twin Lakes Drive and the south part of Gibbs Drive.

In other business, the board also voted to exchange properties to clear an area around the electric and water plant on North Ohio Avenue.

In exchange for securing title to five rental units at 101 and 103 Campbell Ave. from Jack Jones, Jones will receive village-owned vacant lots at 415 and 417 E. Champaign Ave.

The village will tear down the rental properties around the electric/water plant.

The board voted to award a contract to TNT Contracting Inc., Palmyra, for installation of a water and sewer extension for the 800,000-square-foot Easton-Bell plant that will be built west of Interstate 57.

TNT submitted the low bid of $711,542, beating the next-lowest bid by $181,457.

The project will include installing about 3,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer line and about 4,300 linear feet of water main.

The board passed a resolution to determine the amount of money necessary to be raised for the 2012 tax levy year.

Comptroller Scot Brandon said the actual levy will be approved in December, but it is necessary in November to determine if the village needs to publish a truth-in-taxation announcement if the levy is 5 percent or higher than the previous year’s levy.

Brandon said the levy will actually be the same or a little lower than the previous year’s.

The board voted to pass a resolution to resurface Clark Street, Bel Place and Eater Drive between Harper Drive and Short Street at a cost of $225,000.

Work is expected to start on the project in May.


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