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By Journal Staff | on August 09, 2022
An existing medical office in downtown Mount Prospect could soon be converted into a two-story townhome development consisting of three separate rental units.
Members of the planning and zoning commission tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at village hall, 50 S. Emerson St., are expected to hear plans from petitioner Adam Hussey of Strata Contractors LLC, on behalf of the property owner Majir Buljina, who is seeking conditional use approval to allow dwelling units at 321 W. Prospect Ave.
According to plans, the existing roof would be removed to accommodate an additional floor to be built above the existing structure.
The petitioner is seeking conditional use approval as the property owner intends to reside in one of the units, and lease the additional two units. Six outdoor parking spaces are planned to be provided at the rear of the building.
The petitioner does not intend to change the overall footprint of the building with the exception of introducing window wells and front stoops, and the addition of the second floor.
According to the proposal, each dwelling unit would have three bedrooms; two bedrooms located in the basement/lower level, and a master bedroom on the second floor. The first floor would contain the communal living spaces including the family room, kitchen and living room. Each unit would also include a sunroom oriented to the north on the second floor.
Although the commercial use is changing to an entirely residential use, the new use is compatible with the existing neighborhood, according to village staff, adding that this particular stretch of Prospect Avenue south of the railroad (between I-Oka Avenue and South Elmhurst Avenue) is lined with both residential and commercial buildings, including the 3-unit rowhome development at 309-317 W. Prospect Ave. that was approved back in 2008. Staff is supportive of the proposed conditional use for ground floor dwelling units, and is comfortable with the revised elevations and design of the building.
Village board approval will be required before any construction begins.
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