After a full year of data mining, open houses, board workshops and around 800 citizen comments and a community survey, the Glenview Connect process is almost on its way.
On Tuesday, the Glenview Village board of directors, along with Erich Dohrer of Callison RTKL and Bill Cunningham of Ricker Cunningham, reviewed the draft strategic plan for economic development and the draft strategic plan for downtown. These are 325 pages.
It summarized a process publicly announced in June 2020 under former village president Jim Patterson, whose term was welcomed on Tuesday by a proclamation from Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton.
Glenview Connect was originally scheduled for a nine month completion with no more than $ 280,000 Callison and Ricker Cunningham paid. In April a resolution granted them an additional $ 50,000 to update the village’s Downtown Development District zone code. An introductory workshop on this topic will take place on July 22nd at 7 p.m.
Glenview citizens who participated in the process felt that downtown should be at the center of all development plans, more than any of the other Glenview Connect focus areas – Glen Town Center and the Milwaukee Avenue, Willow Road and Waukegan Road corridors . Dohrer said the group spent 75 percent of their time working on options for the “Chase Block,” the 3.90 acre site bordered by Glenview Road, the Chicago River, and Dewes and Church Streets becomes.
Rather than offering a specific economic development goal, Glenview Connect creates guidelines for potential.
“Ultimately, we provide you with a 250-page to-do list,” said Dohrer of the business plan. Jeff Brady, Glenview’s director of community development, repeated this tact after the meeting.
To attack this list, the advisors suggested a parking study or hiring a parking adviser and for the village to create an “organized, self-funding” association such as the Main Street America movement.
From proposed facade improvements along the corridors to an open roof area in Glen Town Center, in most cases property owners would need to be contacted “to see if they match the vision of the community,” as one of the presentation slides showed.
Trustees asked Cunningham and Dohrer about schedules, and Cunningham noted that certain “triage” efforts could be completed within a year if funding is available, while talks with property owners could potentially begin immediately.
Trustee Adam Sidoti was amazed at the prospect of doing nothing downtown. While Dohrer noted he doesn’t have a crystal ball, especially when it comes to retail relocation, he said, “You will always miss the boat.”
Although workshop participants did not favor a large, 4- or 5-story mixed-use facility in a location like the Chase Block, some of the myriad designs on the table cost more than $ 80 million. Obviously, whether through tax hikes or otherwise, sources would be needed to supplement the developers’ initial investment.
Trustee Gina DeBoni wondered if the village’s permanent fund was viable, but Dohrer warned that “it is a finite and finite resource”.
Previously, he noted that when companies use a RFP (RFP) process to get bids on projects, “they get the best response when the community knows what they want”.
He also said, “There will never be a consensus.” With that in mind, Gerald Barry, the lonely resident who addressed the situation in a public comment on Tuesday, believed “not a big shout” for downtown development.
The next step, as noted by village director Matt Formica, was to submit the plans to the board for approval at its next meeting on July 20th.
“I think the point is to build feedback into a number of tools that we can use to be prepared for any opportunities that arise and, if necessary, to be a facilitator of development and activity in some of these spark spots,” said Village President Mike Jenny.
“It is very valuable for me to incorporate all of this feedback.”