BATAVIA – A developer plans to build 242 townhouses along Kirk Road in Batavia.
The project by national homebuilding giant CalAtlantic Homes would cover a 55-acre site at the southeast corner of Kirk and Wind Energy Pass and includes more than 18 acres reserved for commercial and retail space.
CalAtlantic’s plan is similar to one that was approved by the city more than a decade ago, but never built because of an economic recession, Planner Drew Rackow of the Batavia city staff said.
“It’s a significant development that we have anticipated,” Rackow said, adding that the builder proposes to begin construction on the project this year.
The huge property is bounded by Kirk Road on the west, Wind Energy Pass extended on the north, Batavia’s boundary with Aurora on the south, and the Illinois Prairie Path on the east. A city of Batavia water tower stands along the eastern boundary of the site.
Dubbed Prairie Commons, the mixed-use development represents one of the last remaining opportunities for construction in Batavia on such a vast tract of land, as the community begins to concentrate more on infill projects.
“This is one of the few sites where we have the ability to have a project of this scale,” Rackow said.
Plans submitted to the city show 47 buildings that are two-and-a-half stories tall with gabled roofs. Each building would have four to six townhouse units of either three or four bedrooms. All would have two-car garages creating the extra half-story.
Access to the development would be at Wind Energy Pass and a new roadway at the south end of the project along the Batavia-Aurora border.
The commercial area would be located at the front of the development along Kirk Road. Plans do not yet show the commercial buildings.
The Wind Energy Pass intersection and traffic signal at Kirk Road would be upgraded, Rackow said, while the southern access road would be strictly right-in, right-out from and to Kirk Road.
The townhouse buildings come in two designs and are arranged on a looping roadway system. Those situated around the perimeter would have driveways and garages in front, while those grouped in the center of the development would have rear-loaded garages served by alleyways.
The southeast corner of the development would be reserved for a stormwater detention area. The 248,600-square-foot site would include the detention basin surrounded by prairie plantings, Rackow said.
Plans show a 1-acre park site to be donated to the Batavia Park District situated next to the water tower, and there would be two smaller private parks in the development.
The site already has the necessary multifamily residential zoning classification. Once the city staff completes its review of the plans, the project will go before the Batavia Plan Commission and then the Batavia City Council for final approval.