Terra Carta downsizes Des Plaines apartment project

Terra Carta Partners went back to the drawing board to cut out about 100 multifamily units from a previous plan for a Des Plaines development after it was shut down by local officials and residents.

The Chicago-based firm now wants to build two apartment buildings with a total of 350 units and ground-floor commercial space, a 13,000-square-foot restaurant plaza, 525-car parking garage, surface parking near the adjoining Cumberland Metra station and a half-acre public park, the Daily Herald reported.

The development, called Cumberland Crossing, would span roughly 6.5 acres at 414 East Golf Road, the site of a former factory building that was demolished in 2021. Cumberland Crossing is slated for 60,000 square feet of retail space and 375,875 square feet of residential space, with a mix of 69 studios, 212 one-bedroom units and 69 two-bedrooms.

Terra Carta’s original proposal, which received tentative approval from Des Plaines officials in early 2021, called for two six-story buildings with 449 apartments and a free-standing, 2,000-square-foot restaurant building. Nearby residents in the northwest suburb opposed the project, though, due to concerns about traffic, the impact on local schools and other factors, the publication reported.

The pushback prompted Terra Carta to modify its plans and instead proposed a single apartment building with 348 units and a separate restaurant structure. But the developer scrapped those plans in January after again being met with disapproval. 

Terra Carta hopes to win over locals with its latest rendering of Cumberland Crossing, when the northwest suburb’s city council hosts a public workshop on Nov. 28 to discuss the project.  Alderman Dick Sayad, of the town’s 4th Ward, is eager to address concerns regarding emergency access and potential traffic influx in the neighborhood, and has emphasized the importance of community safety in the development process.

— Quinn Donoghue

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