[Mark Foster - For Shaw Media]
[Cellphone antennas mar the appearance of the Campana building tower. Evergreen Real Estate Group proposes to relocate the antennas to the top of the tower, and screen them from view with an 8-foot-tall fiberglass sheath designed to mimic the appearance of the building's masonry.]
Meitzler said traffic generated by the Campana development will compound an already dangerous situation.
“It’s a hazard on top of a hazardous location,” Meitzler said.
Mayor Jeff Schielke said that considering the state’s budget woes, any improvements to the intersection are unlikely in the near term. Schielke said that any real fix for the problem would involve construction of additional lanes on the Fabyan Parkway bridge.
At the previous committee meeting, Geneva resident Tom Simonian presented aldermen with a study he commissioned that showed that surrounding property values could be negatively affected by the Campana plan.
Third Ward Alderman Dan Chanzit asked Batavia Community Development Director Scott Buening for the city staff’s analysis of the study.
“We don’t think it has any substantial merit,” Buening said, calling the report deficient. “We don’t think it’s a valid report.”
Evergreen’s $30 million project includes the use of affordable housing tax credits to provide 64 income-restricted units and historic preservation tax credits to restore the 1936 factory building.
The historic preservation credits are critical to the plan’s financing, and the building’s historic status places a host of restrictions on the modifications that Evergreen can make to the structure.
“I think there are too many compromises,” 5th Ward Alderman Mark Uher said.