The northern gateway of the village could look a bit different in the fall, when construction of a three-story apartment building might begin next to Dorn Hardware.

The Village Board approved the Main Street project’s general development plan at its May 20 meeting, which calls for 30 apartments above 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space along Main Street. Construction could begin as soon as late summer, Keith Baal of Baal Real Estate told the board, with the first tenants possibly moving in next spring.

It’s the first stage of a planned three-phase development, which when completed would include another mixed-use building and a slightly larger hardware store. The second building would be built along Richards Road in the second phase of the project, which has not been scheduled.

Baal said the third phase is “years down the road” and calls for demolishing the existing hardware store and building a slightly bigger one on the corner of Richards Road and Market Street, the current home of Hometown Pharmacy.

Board members were supportive of the development, which was initially approved in 2016, but put on hold because of some health issues, board president Jeanne Carpenter said.

The next step is securing a specific implementation plan, which includes construction-level details about materials, color choices and other aesthetic and quality considerations.

Before work can begin, the developer will have to satisfy conditions that include a stormwater management plan and securing easements that would allow it access to existing parking spaces adjacent to the site.

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