The city of Aurora has approved the final phase of residential development at Barrington, which will likely be another upscale housing development, based on surrounding property values.
City Council approved the final plat at its Sept. 9 meeting.
The development, which will complete a loop of Club Drive just west of the Barrington Golf Club's 14th hole, will include 36 new homes, according to plans.
Homes at either end of Barrington Phase 6 hover around $1 million in value, according to Portage County property tax records. The new homes in Phase 6 would start at 2,500 square feet.
The sixth phase is the most recent in the neighborhood that has been in various stages of development since 1990.
Barrington Square, the shopping center associated with the housing development and golf course, was built in 1996, two years after the course was bought by Breezy Pointe, according to Portage County property tax records. Planning began for the shopping center as the first homes were being built in 1991. The plaza was the subject of a rezoning ballot issue, which was not initially approved, according to back issues of the Aurora Advocate.
The Bertram Inn and Conference Center came a few years later in 1999.
The development was spearheaded by Bart and Scott Wolstein of Developers Diversified. The estimated $400 million plan originally called for 450 single-family homes and 250 multi-family residences on 614 acres, as well as a 150,000-square-foot shopping center, which is now Barrington Square.
Those Phase 1 houses were projected to cost around $500,000 in 1990, and developers believed at the time the entire plan would be built out in eight years.
The development was to be a secure, gated community with homes ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet with the larger homes being custom built.
Scott Wolstein estimated in 1991 that the retail portion of the development would bring in $1.2 million annually, $438,000 in property taxes, $290,000 in income tax and $525,000 in sales tax for Portage County.
The golf course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, according to Wolstein Group partner Jim Schoff.
"Nicklaus has designed all the holes and given us a layout of the course, but the routing plan will change after construction starts," said Schoff in 1990 during planning for the development.
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