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Developer shares plan for townhouses on site of Park Ridge landscaping business

Representatives of a development team interested in acquiring the land of a decades-old landscaping business in Park Ridge recently sought guidance from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on their tentative plans to build 34 townhouses there.

Attorney Paul Kolpak, representing the would-be developer Piotr Filipek and 1440 Higgins LLC, and Guido Neri of Neri Architects, laid out a vision for the 2.19-acre site of Mr. K Garden and Material Center during a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission on May 9.

The concept plan, as presented to the commission, called for 34, three-story townhouses on the property at 1440 Higgins Road, which is east of Dee Road and on the north side of Park Ridge’s border with Chicago. The developer has also discussed the possibility of widening Peterson Avenue to the north of the property and adding a parkway and public sidewalks, Neri said.

Currently, Peterson is a narrow, one-way street behind the garden center, with a parkway and sidewalks only on the north side of the road, where single-family homes are located.