Bucking a trend in which most thrifts have left the real estate development business, MAF Bancorp is laying the foundations for new neighborhoods in Naperville, Ill.

The $5.1 billion-asset parent of Mid-America Bank is completing its largest development ever - a 1,000-unit subdivision on the outskirts of the Chicago suburb - and said it expects to break ground on another 1,000-home project next spring. The company, which has developed nearly two-dozen residential projects in the last quarter century, said it has no plan to slow down.

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