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How is the building height in comparison to others in the downtown?

Although there are several two to three story buildings adjacent to or across the street from the site at heights of 36 to 51 feet, a four story building is what the Zoning Code allows on the site. As part of the approval for the planned unit development, the developer is seeking a deviation from the height limitation to allow a five story building. The development was initially proposed to be 65 feet at its highest points (at the building corners due to an architectural cornice feature). However, the developer reduced the maximum height of the building to below 61 feet just prior to Village Board approval of the Preliminary PUD plans. The northeast corner of the building along Main Street will now be 54 feet above the pavement and the southeast corner of the building will be 47 feet above the pavement due to the 6-foot change in elevation across the site. There are several apartment developments on the periphery of the downtown core that are five to seven stories tall. The height of some taller nearby buildings are as follows: St. Petronille = 119 feet, Glen Ellyn Bible Church = 62 feet, Civic Center = 95 feet. 

The Village is requiring that the Developer replace the existing parking on site to maintain public parking on the property as a convenience for downtown businesses and their customers. The entire ground level of the property will be reserved for public parking. The public parking component of the project, although essential, is also the main reason that a deviation is necessary since the ground level public parking will have a 14-foot clear height. If this important public parking level were eliminated, the height deviation would be reduced to 1 or 2 feet.

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1. Where is the Apex 400 project located?
2. What do the long range Village plans show as an appropriate use of this site?
3. How long has this site been vacant?
4. What are the current commercial vacancy percentages in the downtown?
5. What type of public outreach was conducted surrounding this project?
6. What does the residential component of the project entail?
7. Is there a need for this type of housing in the Village?
8. Has the Village rejected previous development proposals for the site?
9. What is the commercial component of this development?
10. Will the Village lose any parking as a result of this project?
11. How long will the parking structure at this location be under construction?
12. Is the Village selling the Main Street parking lot land to the developer?
13. How will the public be able to access the first floor public parking?
14. Why is the Village not requesting additional public parking to be provided?
15. Has a traffic analysis been performed to identify the impact of increased traffic from the proposed development?
16. Were the traffic studies conducted on atypical days when some schools had not yet begun?
17. How is the building height in comparison to others in the downtown?
18. Are the number of zoning requests for this project typical?
19. Is the size of the building appropriate for the site?
20. Does the building meet the Village’s Appearance Guidelines?
21. Will sunlight be diminished on the street as a result of the development?
22. Will the project result in the loss of commercial square footage in the downtown?
23. How much is the Developer expecting to invest and what is the financial impact to the Village of Glen Ellyn?
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