A redevelopment plan for the Dorn Hardware property is back for a public hearing at the Village of Oregon Planning Commission meeting Thursday – two and a half years after it received approval.
That approval was for a mixed-use project including apartments and commercial buildings on the 2.9-acre site at 131 West Richards Road, but that expired earlier this year, requiring the developer to return to the commission.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Village Hall. The Village Board is expected to review the proposal at its May 9 meeting, as well.
The three-phase plan is the same as the one that received a recommendation for approval from the commission in September 2016, drawing praise for its aesthetics as a “gateway entrance to our community,” commissioner John Bieno said.
When all three phases are complete, the property would have 30 apartments, more than 17,000 square feet of new retail space and an 18,000 square foot hardware store — slightly larger than the current 17,400 square foot store.
The approval would cover the general development plan stage of the village’s development process, which gives the property owner the right to build a project that is substantially similar to what is approved. The property owner still must receive approval for the specific implementation plan, which covers details like lighting and materials.
Village planner Mike Slavney recommended approval of this GDP, though he expressed concerns about parking and stormwater in a memo to the commission.
Slavney wrote that the number of parking spaces required by ordinance would be met after phases one and three, but not during construction or after completion of phase two, when the 5,000 square feet of retail would be built. He also wrote that “there may be issues with stormwater management during construction of phase two, following completion of phase three, and during construction of phase three,” specifically that the proposal would leave the site with more impermeable surface than ordinances allow.
The property would also have to remain under one owner, if Slavney’s recommended conditions were approved, unless a permanent land use agreement and shared parking provisions were approved by the village.
Owner Tom Dorn told the Observer in February 2018 that he was working with his partners on the project, but had “many other things going on,” including opening a new store in Verona.