- A new non-traditional residential development is taking shape
a group of Lake Country-based investors who wish to remain
anonymous purchased the Mertins family farm along Highway C in
group plans to sell 24 acres of the 237-acre parcel to
Illinois-based Streetscape USA for development, and preserve the
remaining land through a trust with Tall Pines Conservancy.
residential development will be a unique environment meant to
encourage community and promote lifestyle over square footage,
said John McClinden, owner of Streetscape USA.
treat the home as a consumer product,” he said.
is in what McClinden called “very preliminary stages” but also
said his company is “absolutely committed” to bringing the
project to fruition.
development would feature 36 two-story homes with large front
porches, greenspace, a greenhouse and other features not usually
found in newer developments.
Village President Richard Lartz said the early plan was received
“very positively” at a recent meeting of the Plan Commission.
would be great for the tax base, have a minimal impact on
schools, a minimal impact on village services and be a calling
card for the area,” Lartz said.
provides a way to preserve farmland in the county, Lartz said.
The undeveloped acreage, part of the Mertins family farm once
owned by Bill Mertins and then his sons, would be preserved in
perpetuity in a land trust through Tall Pines Conservancy.
Buchanan, executive director of Tall Pines, said she is excited
about the possibility of preserving the land but acknowledged
the project is in its initial stages.
haven’t even gone through our process,” Buchanan said.
McClinden said the concept has been well received, and indicated
there is a demand for homes under 2,500 square feet in Lake
small homes are energy efficient and lower maintenance than
traditional developments in the area. That’s something McClinden
feels can be attractive to all types of homeowners, particularly
young professionals and retirees.
McClinden said the next step in the process will be to continue
to speak with local group about the initial plan for a few
months then bring a more formal proposal to the township.