Plan to replace Mundelein’s languishing Oak Creek Plaza with townhouses moves forward

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A developer’s plan to build townhouses where an all-but-vacant shopping center in Mundelein now stands has cleared an important hurdle.

The village’s planning and zoning commission on Wednesday supported a proposal to raze most of the Oak Creek Plaza building on Townline Road east of Route 45 to build townhouses there.

The company behind the plan, D.R. Horton, wants to put up 45 buildings containing 222 townhouses. A public park and a central gathering place for residents also are planned, village documents show.

The project has been dubbed the Townes at Oak Creek.

The roughly 33-acre site once was a thriving center, home to a Menards home improvement store, a Hobby Lobby crafts store and other retailers. But one by one, the retailers departed.

Other than an XFactor Trampoline attraction that’s in an independently owned storefront and isn’t part of the redevelopment deal, the center is vacant. XFactor will continue operating there.

Several other businesses in free-standing, independently owned buildings — Pita Inn, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, Culver’s, Associated Bank and a car wash — will remain, too.

The planning commission, which advises the village board on development issues, recommended trustees approve several requests from the developer regarding the property, including rezoning the commercial site as residential.

It also recommended approval of a general plan for the development, including road and parking, unit sizing and architectural appearance.

The plan now goes to the village board, which will review it at a meeting that hasn’t been scheduled yet. If trustees approve the plan, D.R. Horton can apply for the necessary building permits.

A proposed construction schedule hasn’t been made public, but Mundelein Senior Planner Colleen Malec said the developer wants to begin work as soon as possible this year.

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January 6, 2022 at 02:59PM

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