Chateau Loire annexation looking very unlikely in Oak Brook
Updated: November 5, 2012 1:51PM
OAK BROOK — Chateau Loire likely will not be annexed into Oak Brook.
Residents of that subdivision expressed an interest in annexation to the Village Board in 2011 and have been planning to return with a request.
However, after presidents of homeowners associations in Oak Brook voted 24-0 Saturday in opposition of the annexation, Village President Gopal Lalmalani said the possibility of bringing Chateau Loire into Oak Brook has been “pretty much put to rest.”
“The homeowners association presidents were uniform in their opposition,” Lalmalani said. “The board may want to discuss this further, and the board makes the final decision, but the homeowners presidents are the pulse of the community. It would be tough for the board to go against that when it’s so overwhelming against the annexation.”
Chateau Loire is an unincorporated area west of Oak Brook’s Chateau Woods subdivision and includes 120 single-family homes with 308 residents.
Village staff recommended a year ago that trustees deny the annexation because of concern the annexed households would put a strain on village staff and employees.
Chateau Loire President Manuel Malicay said a year ago that his subdivision would remain in the York Center Fire Protection District for fire service and would help Oak Brook control other costs. This time around, Chateau Loire residents said they also would contract for public works services with York Township if they were annexed. If the annexation were approved, Oak Brook would provide police and administrative services.
“The financial liability over the next five to 10 years is unknown,” Lalmalani said. “And I have had some experts in the field of real estate tell me that annexing Chateau Loire might actually lower home values in Oak Brook.”
That is because the homes are generally smaller than others in the village, Lalmalani said.