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Morris Property Development Withdraws Request for Lower Fees

The proposed 906-unit Orchard Road apartment complex had earlier asked the Village and School District to consider reducing impact fees.

Well, that was rather anti-climatic.

The Morris property, otherwise referenced as the Orchard Road Apartments, has withdrawn their request asking the Village of Oswego for fee reductions. 

Village administrator Steve Jones informed the Village board Tuesday evening that the request had been submitted by attorney Richard Guerard, who represents property owner Don Morris.

The proposed 906-unit apartment complex was to be located on 68-acres just west of Orchard Road north of the railroad tracks on Mill.

In December 2013, Guerard approached to Village to request a reduction in impact fees, from about $16,000 a unit to less than $10,000. 

The fee reduction would have come from Village fees, like water connection and roadway construction. 

“This is an economic engine,” said Guerard of the property. “It will generate more than $4million every year. The impact fee is a one-time thing in the beginning."

Village residents were very firmly opposed to any reductions and questioned many of the numbers provided by the complex in regards to those who would live in the apartments and attend Oswego 308 schools. 

The Morris Property was expected to speak again to the Village board on Jan. 6, but was postponed due to the inclement weather. They were to appear on Jan. 21, but withdrew their proposal instead. 

"We've yet to see if they’re going to come in with an alternative plan," said Jones. 

Trustee Gail Johnson requested during trustee initiatives that the board still take a look at the Village's impact fees for future proposals. 

But at least for now, there won't be any updates or news on the Morris property. 


Ron Apples January 22, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Are they gonna build it anways? CMon we need more apartments!!!
Cattlehauler January 23, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Well another project bites the dust. Oswego isn't hitting on a very good percentage going back a few years now.
Emeril January 23, 2014 at 02:01 PM
We don't need anymore Section 8 in Oswego! Do we really want another Light Road and all those problems? Remember the reasons why Chicago got rid of the projects? Low income housing lowers property values and increases the crime ratio. Check the data.
Oswego Mom January 23, 2014 at 03:28 PM
There was never conversation about the apartment complex being listed as low income or section 8. Perhaps you have this project confused with the development across Orchard at Mill - where the original condo-only has section 8-approved dwellings ?
ayar January 24, 2014 at 01:54 PM
How about we work on bringing some businesses in town instead ? not just fooderies.


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