Village Manager Peter Scalera and Mayor Franco Coladipietro announce in the March 20 Daily Herald they’ve indefinitely delayed the long-promised flood prevention and park improvement project along Cardinal Drive.

From the article:

Lingering questions about Indian Lakes Resort have forced Bloomingdale officials to delay a planned stormwater project for the area.

The village purchased the southernmost part of Indian Lakes in 2007 to preserve that 34.4 acres as open space. Officials have since envisioned using the land between Meadowlark Road and Cardinal Drive for an additional benefit: flood control.

It goes on:

“We didn’t start the next step of how to fund it because this all happened,” Coladipietro said Monday.

Village Administrator Pietro Scalera said it would be unwise for Bloomingdale to proceed.

“The hope is we’ll be able to move forward with the process to determine what will happen on the golf course,” Scalera said. “Then that will allow us to move forward with our project.”

So far, it’s unclear when the village will review developer K. Hovnanian T & C Homes’ proposal to rezone the course and build 535 ranch-style houses for residents 55 and older.

Frustrated by the delay, First ILR LLC, which owns the 223-acre Indian Lakes property along Schick Road, recently joined with K. Hovnanian to sue the village. They are asking a DuPage County judge to order Bloomingdale to review the project’s preliminary plan.

The fact is that Indian Lakes has offered to meet with the Village to coordinate a stormwater and flood control improvement program. The Village has declined to meet with us to see if there is a way to coordinate and even potentially save taxpayers money by synchronizing work or planned improvements.

Read our proposed stormwater improvement plan by clicking hereit’s nearly 1,000 pages long and a very large file.

Read our full update on the delay here.