BURR RIDGE — The Burr Ridge Village Board tabled a decision Monday on whether to approve the purchase of 8.5 acres of village-owned land, but only after Mayor Mickey Straub once again cast a deciding vote.
Trustee John Manieri said that unless the board is willing to consider a higher-density zoning for the land, talk of selling it to Pulte Builders, which specializes in cluster homes, is a waste of time. The vote, which followed on hour of discussion, was split the same way as the last several tie votes, with trustees Manieri, Diane Bolos and Guy Franzese voting in disagreement with the mayor and trustees Al Paveza, Len Ruzak and Janet Grasso.
Pulte Builders, developers of the Savoy Club on 79th street in Burr Ridge, hopes to purchase the land around the village’s pump station on German Church Road for $2.45 million. But prior to Monday’s meeting, representatives of Pulte asked the decision be delayed to allow more time to iron out details of the contract. In question is the length of time allowed for Pulte to finalize plans before offers can be considered from other potential buyers, and whether earnest money would be returned.
Pulte has yet to state exactly how many homes it plans to build or what type of residential zoning it will seek. The company had previously hoped to buy a 12.5-acre piece of land directly to the east of the pump house property, but that land is under contract with another buyer, reportedly for a single-family home.
Neighbors, including Zen Francis, who lives just west of the village property, urged the board not to allow for high-density zoning.
The land is zoned R1, which requires properties of 5 acres or more.
“All properties come into the village at R1,” Village Administrator Steve Stricker said.
Manieri said he would not support zoning greater than R2B, which restricts lot sizes to 30,000 square feet or more.
The village has owned the land on German Church Road for more than 30 years and placed it on the market five years ago, just before the real estate market slowed to a halt.
The Village Board is expected to resume discussion of the land sale Sept. 9.