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Old August 19th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #381
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Old August 20th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #382
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Old August 20th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #383
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Plan Commission OKs Water Street project
By KATHY MILLEN August 20, 2010


Downtown Naperville may be one step closer to getting either a hotel or condominiums.
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Residential + retail

Theater Building, plaza leading to riverwalk, Loggia Building

Hotel or residential (1 floor shorter) + retail + parking garage



Hotel or residential building, office building
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Old October 13th, 2010, 01:20 AM   #384
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Funding set for strollable riverfront

By Melissa Jenco
Tribune reporter Today at 2:05 p.m

As Elgin has worked to rehabilitate its riverfront over the past decade, one piece of the east bank has remained an eyesore.

The funding is now in place for that to change.

Elgin has received an $8 million River Edge Redevelopment grant from the state to revitalize the stretch of the Fox River shoreline from Festival Park to Chicago Street.

“When you look down it, it’s beautiful, it really is,” Mayor Ed Schock recently said while standing along the river. “I think we’ll have a riverfront second to none.”

The river has always been an important part of the city, he said, but has undergone “cycles of use and abuse” as it went from providing fish and water to helping generate electricity and power waste.

Today, the riverfront is home to attractions like the Grand Victoria Casino, Gail Borden Library and Festival Park, but the stretch from the park to Chicago Street needed improving. The project designed in 2007 calls for demolishing a parking deck that has been closed since 2003 and creating a promenade to give residents a place to walk along the water. There also would be benches, trees and lighting as well as a bike path and new roadway.

Two overlook plazas would jut out over the river and provide space for large or small waterfront gatherings.

To help improve water quality, runoff would be filtered through bioswales.

The plans were created by Hitchcock Design Group which also designed Naperville’s popular Riverwalk......................

Elgin's new promenade along the Fox River will include overlook areas that can accommodate large gatherings. (Courtesy of Elgin)

Elgin plans to construct walking and bike paths, a new roadway and gathering spaces along the stretch of the Fox River between Festival Park and Chicago Street. (Courtesy of Elgin)

The stretch of riverfront between Festival Park and Chicago Street in Elgin will be getting a makeover to make it more attractive to pedestrians and bicyclists. (Melissa Jenco/Tribune)
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Old October 26th, 2010, 06:54 AM   #385
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Lake Zurich development delayed
By Phil Collins


Lake Zurich’s downtown developer said he has the long-sought financing in place to tackle a key area in the village, but he will need a 10-month extension to properly submit plans for his first project.

...“We have secured financing for our project; it is beyond a commitment, Smith said. “It’s something that has been very hard fought to attain.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #386
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I'm glad the developer fought so hard to bring some level of urban development to the burbs...
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Old October 30th, 2010, 01:16 AM   #387
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Joliet gives JJC a green light
Community college plans downtown redevelopment
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Old November 29th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #388
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Metra commuters - Enjoy your bump in home prices
Study finds more sales, better prices in Metra communities


November 17, 2010

BY KAY SEVERINSEN - SearchChicago-Homes editor
Metra commuters — your attention, please. The next outbound Union Pacific train to Harvard with intermediate stops at Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Barrington and Cary (and a lot of other northwest ’burbs), has caused the number of home sales in your municipalities to be up a robust 57 percent over last year, and your home’s value to go up at least 9 percent over last year.

Though Union Pacific line residents came in tops in a RE/MAX Northern Illinois survey of the impact of train lines on home sales, they aren’t the only areas that have enjoyed the train line bump.

RE/MAX analyzed home sales in a three-town sample along each of the 11 Metra corridors and compared those numbers to home sales throughout the suburban market. Overall, the report found that Metra municipalities averaged 10 percent more home sales growth in the first half of 2010 than non-Metra towns.

So far this year, Metra municipalities in the study had 47 percent more sales than other towns, and had average sales prices of $275,266, compared to the total suburban area average of $239,064.

Within those averages, however, is a lot of variation.
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Green Oaks/Lambs Farm Interchange Movies and mixed use center

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mar...k=MW_news_stmp

MILWAUKEE, Nov 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Marcus Theatres(R), a division of The Marcus Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!mcs/quotes/nls/mcs (MCS 14.10, -0.15, -1.05%) , today announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase approximately 10 acres for a movie theatre as part of a mixed-use center in Green Oaks, Ill., a northern Chicago suburb. The mixed-use project, being developed by Equities Green Oaks, LLC., is located near the Northeast intersection of I-94 and IL Route 176 in the village of Green Oaks, commonly known as the "Lambs Farms" interchange. The mixed-use development will also feature retailers and restaurants and will have easy access from northern Illinois communities of Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Bluff, Waukegan, Lake Forest and others.

"Marcus Theatresis excited to build a new state-of-the-art 100% digital cinema as part of the Green Oaks mixed-use development. The planned 60,000 square foot theatre is being designed to have up to 15 screens and 2,400 seats, including a 70-foot-wide UltraScreen(R). A variety of food and beverage options are also being considered to further enhance this theatre as an entertainment destination in Lake County," said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. "We anticipate that construction at this location could begin as early as spring or summer of next year."
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Des Plaines OKs Cumberland station redevelopment planDes Plaines likes Cumberland concept

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The Des Plaines City Council Monday night approved final concept plans for redevelopment of the area around the Cumberland Metra rail station into a commercial district.

It took more than a year of meetings with residents and planners to develop the Cumberland Transit Oriented Development Plan, funded entirely through a $125,000 community planning grant from the Regional Transportation Authority.

The study encompasses the area within a half-mile radius of the Cumberland rail station, on the Union Pacific’s Northwest line. The idea is to promote development around public transit hubs so people can take mass transit to work.

“The key to transit-oriented development is providing a walkable environment in a station area,” said Steve Friedman with S.B. Friedman & Co., the firm heading up the city’s team of consultants.

The plan calls for creating a mesh of connected streets and a diversity of housing of varying densities in the long term. But any transformation of the area would be developer-driven and not involve huge investment of public money, Friedman said.

The plan includes Metra replacing the aging Cumberland station house with a new building and expanding the parking lot south of the tracks. The station reconstruction would be paid for through the Capital Improvement Bonds Program approved by state legislators in 2009. Yet, the state has not identified any funding sources for the program.

The short-term plan for the Cumberland area includes limited real estate redevelopment opportunities, but there are a lot of smaller enhancements proposed that would provide better access to the train station and improve the environment around it, said Geoff Dickinson, project manager.

Officials stressed the city has no plans to acquire any land in the area for redevelopment and that it would be up to private businesses to spur improvements.............

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MILWAUKEE, Nov 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Marcus Theatres(R), a division of The Marcus Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!mcs/quotes/nls/mcs (MCS 14.10, -0.15, -1.05%) , today announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase approximately 10 acres for a movie theatre as part of a mixed-use center in Green Oaks, Ill., a northern Chicago suburb. The mixed-use project, being developed by Equities Green Oaks, LLC., is located near the Northeast intersection of I-94 and IL Route 176 in the village of Green Oaks, commonly known as the "Lambs Farms" interchange. The mixed-use development will also feature retailers and restaurants and will have easy access from northern Illinois communities of Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Bluff, Waukegan, Lake Forest and others.

"Marcus Theatresis excited to build a new state-of-the-art 100% digital cinema as part of the Green Oaks mixed-use development. The planned 60,000 square foot theatre is being designed to have up to 15 screens and 2,400 seats, including a 70-foot-wide UltraScreen(R). A variety of food and beverage options are also being considered to further enhance this theatre as an entertainment destination in Lake County," said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres. "We anticipate that construction at this location could begin as early as spring or summer of next year."
^ Wow, just saw this now.

When driving on i-94 down from Wisconsin, the Lambs Farm area looks like a little slice of Wisconsin in Chicagoland. It will be interesting to see that change as this development (and other ones that will surely follow) take place. Looks like the sprawl engine continues to grow...
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Old January 13th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #392
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New downtown Aurora library

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ews/701139960/

Aurora library plans for new building
By Marie Wilson


The core of the Aurora Public Library’s main branch building has been standing on Benton Street at the south tip of Stolp Island since 1904.

But instead of renovating the aging 43,000-square-foot structure, the library is making plans for a new building one block west that could be ready by the 2014 or 2015.
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A suburban lifestyle center that's actually TOD

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Wheeling approves makeover of former Wickes site
By Sheila Ahern


In two years, the transformation of the abandoned Wickes furniture site in Wheeling could well be under way with the construction of cobblestone streets, boutiques, restaurants and a concert venue.

The Wheeling village board unanimously approved the $100 million project Monday, with Village President Judy Abruscato speaking for her trustees after the vote was taken.
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“We’re ready,” she told the project’s developer, Urban R2, a Chicago-based company.

The project would include 170,000 square feet, including a 70,000-square-foot national retailer to anchor the site. The smaller boutiques could include specialty shops, a gourmet food store, a bakery and restaurants. Plans also call for two 12-story residential buildings, a parking garage and a redone Metra station.


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Old February 10th, 2011, 12:42 AM   #394
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River 595 - 60 units
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The architecture is crap but I absolutely love what Des Plaines is doing with its downtown. All of these dense midrise buildings coming out of nowhere are really impressive.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 05:13 AM   #395
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^just slap a little bit of grit on it and it'll be straight...
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^ Wow, just saw this now.

When driving on i-94 down from Wisconsin, the Lambs Farm area looks like a little slice of Wisconsin in Chicagoland. It will be interesting to see that change as this development (and other ones that will surely follow) take place. Looks like the sprawl engine continues to grow...
Yeah pretty weird.
Its an ok place to take your kids if you live locally
so they can see the petting zoo and stuff.
Yeah I know this in general isnt such an exciting
development but my parents live in lake bluff,
so it would be nice to have a new place nearby
to see a movie.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 10:55 PM   #397
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More stuff on almost Forgotten Cumberland station in Desplaines (only 400 riders per day)

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Cumberland makeover moves ahead
By Jennifer Delgado TribLocal reporter Jan. 4 at 10:35 a.m.

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The Cumberland train station could see changes once Metra receives state funding. (Photo by Jennifer Delgado)

An extensive plan to make a piece of the northwest side more transit-friendly and welcoming to businesses has been approved by the Des Plaines City Council and now staff will start looking for funding.

The Cumberland Station Area plan includes a rehab of the Metra depot, a new bus stop shelter, improved intersections and sidewalks, building facade adjustments, and expanded commuter parking, among a score of other features.

“At this point, when you drive up and down Northwest Highway, if you don’t know where to get off, you may not know there is a neighborhood there … you go blasting through Des Plaines and Mount Prospect,” said Geoff Dickinson, of S.B. Friedman & Co., who has been working on the project with other organizations.

One of the major goals is to get the Cumberland-area businesses community, which currently consists of medical and insurance operations, to add more commercial and retail options, like convenience stores, restaurants, and even a laundromat, planners said. Places like the Frisbie Senior Center, the YMCA, Cumberland and Chippewa schools, parks, homes, and a Romanian Baptist Church are all in the area.

The plan also encourages the development of more townhomes, since projections show young couples and seniors will come to Des Plaines looking for starter housing and smaller homes in the next three years, according to city documents.

The renovation of the Cumberland train station would be funded through Metra and could cost $4.5 million. Metra officials said state bonds will pay for the project, but it’s unknown when the money will be available. The improvements could include a new sound system, improved platform lighting, and a new warming facility, said Meg Reile, a Metra spokesperson.

“It would be one of our basic standard designs,” Reile said of the station. “It would be newer. It would be nicer. But unless additional funding comes from the city or some other source, it wouldn’t be fancier.”

The Cumberland stop, which is more than 60 years old, sees about 400 riders daily, city documents show.

Some council members questioned one of the long-term goals of the plan — to consider relocating some existing companies, like the United Feather and Down Company, and clear the site for transit-uses. Aldermen said they don’t want to force anyone out or deny new businesses for not fitting in with the plan. Officials and planners assured the council the plan wouldn’t push companies away, but rather serves as a guideline for future development.

Area businesses and residents said they are excited about the possible changes.

“One of the biggest complaints is that the transportation really stinks in Des Plaines,” said Melissa Kalliantasis, program manager of the nearby Frisbie Senior Center, which sees about 950 people from all over the suburbs. “I think the plan would make Des Plaines more accessible so (seniors) can get to places they’re normally not able to.”

Work on the plan was funded through a $125,000 grant from the Regional Transportation Authority.

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I just find this interesting as I went to highschool in Des Plaines
Bantam Books used to be right by this station.
I had almost forgotten about this station in Des Plaines.
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More downtown Palatine development

http://triblocal.com/palatine/commun...e-brownstones/

R. Franczak Breaks Ground: Construction is underway at The Heritage of Palatine Brownstones
By Aimee DeBat


Construction is now underway at The Heritage of Palatine Brownstones, a private collection of only seven distinctive new-construction row homes on Greeley Street at Washington in downtown northwest suburban Palatine.

The 3-story turn-of-the-century row homes are being built by R. Franczak & Associates near downtown Palatine’s Town Square Park and just steps from the Metra, shopping and restaurants.

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"turn of the century" row homes? i suppose we aren't that far from the turn of the 20th to 21st centuries, but i have a feeling that's not quite what they're intending to mean. Perhaps "turn of the century inspired" would be a better description as I assume they don't have a construction time machine.
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Residents Dream of More Restaurants, River Walk in Downtown Northbrook

Community members gather at Village Hall to discuss downtown development.

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One person suggests that Northbrook should raze its downtown and start from scratch. Another says the downtown needs some cohesiveness of appearance. A third warns that “cohesiveness” might just turn it into Anytown, U.S.A.

These suggestions were among hundreds given for the future of Northbrook’s downtown at a public input meeting at Village Hall Monday night. Attended by roughly 65 people, the meeting launches a weeklong, intensive planning process involving input from residents, business owners, property owners, developers and village staff, with the goal of creating a comprehensive plan for downtown development. The process is led by Teska Associates Inc., a consultant the village hired with a $100,000 community planning grant from the Regional Transit Authority...........
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