ST. JOHN — With the town ready to upgrade a sewer lift station at the south end of town, developments like Greystone subdivision that have been on hold are ready to proceed.
Jack Slager, of Schilling Development, reviewed the latest plans for Greystone with the Plan Commission at a recent study session.
The company plans to start construction at the 113-acre site on Calumet Street between 101st and 109th Avenues in the fall to prepare for 84 single-family homes, 19 duplexes, 39 cottage homes and four professional offices.
The property was annexed in 2009 and has three pipelines and a high tension line running through various sections. Calumet bisects the property, and the plan is to develop the portion on the east side of Calumet first. The west side has a 3.5-acre park at the south end that could be expanded if the property to the south is developed.
Bike and walking paths are proposed throughout the development, and Slager said it will have connections to subdivisions to the east and west as well as stubs to connect to future developments to the north and south. All of the buildings in Greystone will have to meet heavy architectural and landscaping standards.
A new east/west road would be built to cross Calumet in the middle of the subdivision, and the town had suggested a roundabout at that location. Slager said the company had a consultant traffic study of the feasibility of the roundabout, which determined, in this case, it would slow traffic on Calumet.
"We thought the roundabout would be a nice addition, but the study found the traffic on Calumet is 10 times the level of the crossroad," Slager said. "The consultant suggested a traffic signal would be warranted at 75 percent buildout."
He said the study showed a signal probably is warranted at 101st Avenue now or that, at the very least, turn lanes should be installed.
All the engineering is done for Greystone's first phase, which will include the single-family homes, the cottage homes, some of the duplexes and the professional buildings, and the plan is to put in the turn lanes for the intersection with the new road. When construction on the west side of Calumet is ready to begin, Schilling will put in the signal, Slager said.
Schilling will be seeking approval Wednesday to proceed with a public hearing on the plan at the April commission meeting. Slager said it probably will take five years for the east side phase to be developed and another five years for the west side. Homes are expected to sell in the $250,000 to $450,000 range.