DeKalb delays vote on Irongate proposal

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb City Council members again delayed a discussion and possible vote on annexing the Irongate development until their July 22 meeting.

The request came from the city staff at its Monday meeting. City Attorney Dean Frieders said they will present the plan for the 1,200-home subdivision in its entirety, including its history and projected effects on the local economy.

For David Patzelt, the president of ShoDeen Construction, it will be his first time presenting the project to the City Council since the mayor and two new aldermen were seated. Given how far the project has come, and considering that then-candidates John Rey, Bill Finucane and Bob Snow attended the meetings, Patzelt said he is not expecting too many questions from the council.

“Based on those two things, I would hope they would come in having some knowledge of the project and its history,” Patzelt said.

Annexation agreements require the approval of six aldermen. With Aldermen Kristen Lash and Monica O’Leary, of the 3rd and 7th wards, respectively, declaring their opposition to the plan, Patzelt needs the support of the new aldermen.

If approved by the council, ShoDeen plans to build 1,273 homes on about 420 acres north of DeKalb High School, west of First Street.

The development will feature a mixture of houses and town houses, with lots ranging between 50 and 80 feet wide.

Patzelt and Principal Planner Derek Hiland said nothing major has changed from the plan since it was last discussed in March. Hiland said the city worked with ShoDeen and neighboring property owners to fix lingering drainage issues.

“I believe it has been resolved,” Hiland said.

Previously, DeKalb aldermen were concerned that the new development could become overrun with rental properties. That is why they pressed Patzelt to limit how many and when the townhouses and homes on the 50-foot-wide lots can be built.

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