I wanted to make sure you saw the recent story in the Daily Herald where Village Manager Peter Scalera and Mayor Franco Coladipietro announce they’ve indefinitely delayed the long-promised flood prevention and park improvement project along Cardinal Drive.
For over 18 months, we’ve asked to meet with Village staff, engineers and elected officials to discuss working cooperatively on stormwater infrastructure and flood control investments.
We want to help solve chronic flooding around Indian Lakes. We pledged at our community meetings that we’d make an investment of more than $2 million in new stormwater infrastructure and submitted detailed stormwater improvement plans to the Village.
It would make sense to coordinate these investments with whatever the Village is planning. Unfortunately, our offer to cooperate with the Village on these needed improvements has been rebuffed and ignored.
The entire community stands to benefit through a coordinated stormwater improvement plan. But, that can only occur if the Village comes to the table and begins to review of our proposal and provide feedback. This is another example of why the Village’s unreasonable demand for final engineering documents to begin initial consideration is inappropriate.
Preliminary consideration of our proposal is the best path forward for the community, because it allows for feedback and revisions to be made before any approval is granted.
We believe all of Bloomingdale should be invited to several public hearings to discuss how this once-in-a-generation opportunity can provide needed improvements that result in a more vibrant community for everyone.
The Four Seasons at Indian Lakes will generate millions in new, recurring annual tax revenue for local government by creating hundreds of millions in new market value in Bloomingdale. This will reduce your existing tax burden and provide financial resources that enable quality of life investments to be made.
In addition to the financial windfall the transformation generates, here are a few of the additional community benefits:
- Regrade the entire 190-acre property to better manage and control the runoff of stormwater from its current 1960’s legacy condition;
- Invest more than $2 million in storm water infrastructure and landscaped buffer areas – watch our YouTube video reviewing the major improvements we propose to make at no cost to taxpayers;
- Retain nearly a third of the former golf course property as public open space that has been prioritized along the perimeter to act as a buffer to existing homeowners; and
- Provide a new public walking trail system that has been the most sought after park district amenity in community surveys.
The unnecessary delay in reviewing our zoning application and proposed site plan is creating an environment of uncertainty that is weighing on every homeowner and business in Bloomingdale.
Now, the Village’s inaction on our valid application and request for preliminary review, is pushing back other important community improvements as well.
It’s time for the initial consideration of our proposal to begin – the Village cannot avoid discussing the future of Indian Lakes forever.
Stephen L. Schwartz
Manager, First ILR – Owners of Indian Lakes Since 2000