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Prospect Heights Park District to pursue land swap

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  • Prospect Heights Park District commissioners will pursue an agreement for a land swap at John Muir Park on Oak Avenue. The deal would allow construction of a stormwater detention basin for a 69-unit townhouse proposal.

    Prospect Heights Park District commissioners will pursue an agreement for a land swap at John Muir Park on Oak Avenue. The deal would allow construction of a stormwater detention basin for a 69-unit townhouse proposal.
    Eric Peterson | Staff Photographer, 2020

  • The former Jolly Fun House Academy at 1001 Oak Ave. in Prospect Heights is where Lexington Homes wants to build a 69-unit townhouse development after a land swap at Muir Park.

    The former Jolly Fun House Academy at 1001 Oak Ave. in Prospect Heights is where Lexington Homes wants to build a 69-unit townhouse development after a land swap at Muir Park.
    Eric Peterson | Staff Photographer, 2020

 
Daily Herald report

Prospect Heights Park District commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to direct their executive director and attorney to develop an agreement with Lexington Homes LLC to swap land at and adjoining John Muir Park on Oak Avenue.

The exchange would involve 0.62 acres from the park for the same amount of property on the former site of the Jolly Fun House Academy to the north. It would enable construction of a stormwater detention basin for Lexington Homes' controversial proposal for a 69-unit townhouse development, which previously received preliminary approval by a 3-2 vote of Prospect Heights city aldermen.

Lexington Homes' proposal for the land swap also includes a $500,000 payment to the park district and an additional $200,000 for suggested improvements to Muir Park that may follow.