HARTLAND - Revised
plans for the proposed downtown River Walk Apartments include
fewer units and parking spots, but at least one village trustee
Monday was concerned that there was not enough parking.
Administrator David Cox said the Plan Commission asked the
developer, Joe McCormick, to revise the plans to include fewer
units and to move the buildings to permit more landscaping and
buffering from the residential neighborhood.
Instead of 89
apartment units, the plans for River Walk Apartments now include
77 units. Three buildings are still proposed. One would replace
the existing commercial strip mall, which would be demolished. A
new building consisting of a first floor with commercial space
and a second floor with three apartment units would be built in
the old building’s place, but instead would be parallel with
East Capitol Drive, Cox said.
have been made to the buildings’ facade to make them better
complement the residential neighborhood, he said.
Wallschlager asked about the number of handicap parking spots in
the plans, saying she only identified three on the main level
and none in the underground parking.
making sure the adequate ratio of handicap parking spots is met
would be part of the plan approval process and review by village
also wondered if even enough parking was included in the plans
to meet the needs of the River Walk Apartments’ residents, as
well as the customers for the commercial building.
President David Lamerand said there has been some cooperation
from neighboring U.S. Bank and there might be a possibility to
use part of a parcel the business owns.
Cox said after
the plans are again reviewed by the Plan Commission on Dec. 15,
the village will be closer to taking action on the project and
moving it forward. Additional information from the developer is
still forthcoming. A public hearing will be held as part of the
Dec. 22 Village Board meeting.
approved amendments to an ordinance relating to tobacco sales
and gifts. Previously the city code only referred to tobacco
products as being prohibited to sell to underage persons, but
has now been expanded to include nicotine products. A definition
of nicotine products is included in the ordinance and includes a
product that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration for sale as a smoking cessation product and a
vegetable, fruit or other food product that naturally contains