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Sycamore Planning and Zoning Commission meeting lasts less than 30 minutes

SYCAMORE – Sycamore’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday night was over in less than 30 minutes.

The two actionable items – consideration of a request by James Mason, owner of Mason properties, for a review and approval of a special-use permit for a planned unit development for 2.48 acres at 711 S. Main St., the site of the burned and then demolished St. Albans Green Apartment Building A – and the consideration of a concept plan, preliminary plat and final plat of phase five of contracting company Milan Krpan’s Thanks America commercial subdivision – passed, 7-0, after no discussion for either. They now will move forward to the Sycamore City Council.

Once Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory read the details of Mason’s plan – to build three townhome buildings, Bill Davey, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, announced the public hearing.

No one from the public commented on it.

“OK,” Davey said after no one stood up. “That’s easy.”

Gregory walked through the planned unit development.

Sycamore Park District Board Commissioner Ted Strack was one of the seven votes to send Mason’s request forward to the city council.

I think Mr. Mason structured his redevelopment to be consistent with the PUD,” Strack said. “There’s not any added density. He’s assured us that the units are going to be appealing visually, so it’s hard not to support that. He’s just duplicating what was already there effectively, just in a little different form.”

Strack also liked how Mason worked with the planning commission and how he made improvements to the still-standing Building B. Building A burned and has been demolished.

“I thought that was fabulous,” he said about the improvements to Building B. “He did that in an effort to make the community better and to have good relations with the community.”

The safety enhancements to Building B include draft stopping, which slows down the spread of a fire. Mason also upgraded the fire alarm system.

“Jim (Mason) did a lot of things to make the project better, more attractive, and he fit within the rules,” Strack said.

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