Townhouses proposed for former Hitch-Inn Post site in Libertyville
A different lifestyle is proposed for the former Hitch-Inn Post hotel site near a major corner of Libertyville.
A plan called Liberty Junction offers 90 townhouses and two commercial lots on 15 acres with frontage on Route 137 and Milwaukee Avenue.
The site known as the Young Property is located between and south of Ace Hardware and the Wildberry Restaurant, near the southwest corner of the busy intersection.
The Young family owned and operated the Hitch-Inn Post, built in 1958 as a 16-unit ma and pa stop during the car travel era. Three additions took the local benchmark to a peak of 144 rooms before it closed in 2005.
Demolished in 2010, the site has since been considered a key redevelopment area by the village but has remained vacant and inactive.
“We have had so many meetings at this site over the years,” said John Spoden, director of community development for Libertyville. “It’s good to see an interest in the property.”
According to information provided to the village, CHILM Libertyville Residential LLC is the contractual purchaser of approximately 11.6 acres of the Young Family Trust.
They propose to change the zoning of the property from commercial to residential and build 90 townhouses in 16 buildings. Each townhouse would have three bedrooms and sell for about $ 420,000.
A co-applicant proposes to divide 3.6 contiguous acres that he owns under contract into two commercial lots fronting on Milwaukee Avenue. A lot would be developed as an additional parking lot for the popular Wildberry restaurant. The second would be cleared, graded and seeded before future development.
Spoden said this aspect of the plan would consolidate and expand the Wildberry parking lot while cleaning up the area to the south.
Because most of the property has remained vacant under commercial zoning classification for a long time, its value has declined, according to the proposal.
This trade classification was named in the 2005 master plan. However, a revised version of the plan, approved last March, takes a different view.
The 2030 Global Plan envisions the 10-acre western portion of the site as a new “cluster” residential development comprising approximately 30 to 60 single-family or duplex homes.
Residential and commercial developments, as well as a public road, are sought together. Six zoning deviations, including an increase in the authorized height of townhouses, are being sought.
Maps and supporting documents are available in the planning service section of the village website.
Landscaping, building facades and lighting are expected to be discussed by the village appearance review panel on Monday. The planning commission / zoning appeal board is expected to discuss the project on July 26. Both make recommendations to the village council, which has the final say.