Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Thursday, 03 September 2015 21:33
Developer planning nine homes, apartments in village’s newest subdivision
There are enough houses going up on the east side of Belgium that officials need to consider a permanent lift station near Village Hall, Village President Rich Howells said.
Including the hall and Luxembourg American Cultural Center, 26 structures have been or will be built in the area that uses the temporary lift station on Peter Thein Avenue, Howells said at the Aug. 24 Plan Commission meeting.
“We need to get this on our radar because we’re getting close to full,” he said.
Developers are planning nine additional homes and a complex featuring two four-unit apartments on the south side of Peter Thein Avenue that would be built next year.
Commissioners reviewed preliminary designs for the development, which will be the second addition of the New Luxembourg subdivision.
The first phase of the development is in progress, with six homes built and three additional homes in progress, Howells said.
Dan Birenbaum, public works director, said officials need to consider the lift station for future development beyond what’s in progress.
“We have to look for the future,” he said.
If officials decide a permanent lift station is needed, it will be bid out, he said.
Timber Creek Development in Port Washington is building the first phase of the New Luxembourg subdivision.
The preliminary design review for the four-plexes was met with pause by commissioners, however, with most agreeing that the designs don’t fit their vision for the development.
“What I’m seeing is not anything closely related to what we’re looking for,” Howells said. “There needs to be different sidings, roofs, etc.”
Commissioner Don Tuhy agreed, saying the designs were “fairly plain Jane” and “not Luxembourg enough for this area.”
Howells said it’s important that the designs match a Luxembourg theme because of the high visibility of the homes.
“It needs to be more than what’s facing the cultural center,” he said. “You have Highway LL to the east and Eernisse (Funeral Home) on the back side. You can’t just do certain sides.”
Pete Hurth of Baudhuin Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm hired by developer Ansay & Associates, said the homes will be high efficiency structures similar to the first phase of the New Luxembourg development.
He said the commissioners’ comments will be passed along to the developer for design modifications.
“This is something we will need to dress up,” Hurth said. “Our goal was to get some reaction to give to the developer.”