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Attention all Homeowners:

Notes on Clow Farm Development

Below is some information regarding the development of the Clow Family Farm.  
The 31.5 acre farm with houses was listed in February of 2017 for $6,500,000.00, and after receiving multiple bids, the listing was cancelled.  One of the developers that has bid on the property has been in contact with our HOA, and has formally requested to become part of our subdivision should his bid be accepted.  According to the developer, the family is expected to announce the winning bid sometime over the next few weeks.  In anticipation, our board asked our attorneys to search title for any easement issues or right of refusal stipulations that may exist.  


Our board has also been in contact with City of Naperville council members and the Deputy Director of Planning and Development for the city who states the property is currently zoned as agricultural.  She also stated the original master plan for the development was slated to be R-1 Residential, which are single family homes.  Any change to the zoning would require a hearing with the zoning committee and city council approval.  This may be where our membership will need to attend council and zoning meetings to make sure the plan is acceptable to us.


Of the bids that were submitted, the one who contacted us is a custom home builder.  The others include tract home builders, as well as others we are unaware of.  We have sent a note to the Clow family to ask them to consider our opinion in deciding what developer gets to build on the property with no response.  Some of our residents have offered to form a committee to handle this issue, which is not required at this time.

 
If there are other questions, contact one of the board members.  

 

 

 

Clow Creek Farm was named after the Clow family which settled in Naperville in 1844. Robert Clow left Southern Scotland five years after his wife’s dying wish was made to see their estate (which was in the family since 1320) and move where land was cheap. She wanted her family of nine children kept together. After spending seven years on rented land in New York they moved to Naperville and purchased 640 acres of prairie land and on adjoining 80 acres in Wheatland Township for $1.25 per acre. William F. Clow, great-great-great-grandson of Robert Clow sold the property to MAF development, Inc. The large rock in front of the park on Dairyman’s Circle holds the plaque stating “William F. Clow Memorial Park”.

Clow farm was a dairy farm and while the dairy cows left several years ago, the memory will remain in the names of the streets. Holstein, Jersey, Ayershire, and Cloverdale are different types of dairy cows. Buttermilk and Dairyman’s names are related to the dairy business. Alfalfa is a type of grass that dairy cows eat. Wicklow, Meadow Lakes, and Schillinger are carry over from other neighborhoods. Bill Haider is the president of MAF Developments, Inc. and he has a son Joseph William Haider thus the names for Haider Ave and Joe Willie Ct. Pradel Dr was named prior to George Pradel becoming mayor. George Pradel had the nick name of Office Friendly in the schools and was well liked by the children, which is the reason the street was named after him.

Clow houses are still around. The farm house behind Schillinger Drive is the original house built by Robert Clow and his family. The stone house at the one of 104th and the house on Book and 11th are Clow houses. The Wheatland Cemetery which is next to the house on 104th is the burial grounds of the Clow’s ancestors.

 

 

  Bibliography:

  Naperville Area Farm Families History. Written by committee: Earl Meisinger, Ruth Hageman, Lenore McDonald, Sis Wiesbrook. 1983. Bloom Printing Corporation.
  Historic Naperville by Genevieve Towsley November 1, 1975, May 1976, November 1979, May 1986. Published by the Naperville Sun, Inc. Naperville IL.
  Bernice Ellis. Worker MAF Development, Inc.

 

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