Development Briefs: New Starbucks Proposal, Napolita Update, and More

Development Briefs: New Starbucks Proposal, Napolita Update, and More

Local development news from August Village Board meetings:

Starbucks Proposed to Replace Gas Station: Northbrook Trustees held a preliminary review for a new building for three businesses, including a Starbucks, to replace the Mobil gas station/car wash at 1103 Waukegan Road.  Developer GW Properties presented plans for a 6500 square foot structure for the site on the SE corner of Shermer and Waukegan. The Starbucks portion of the building would face Shermer Road and include a drive-through window with space to stack eleven vehicles.  The Trustees were enthusiastic about the proposal, noting that the Starbucks would appeal to nearby residents as well as bike groups frequenting the George Garner Cyclery next door.  The developer’s next step will be a formal proposal before the Plan Commission.

6B Application Approved: The Trustees affirmed their support for a Cook County Class 6b Property Tax Incentive application by Northbrook Distribution, LLC for the property at 3401 Commercial Avenue. The existing 48,200 square foot building, which has been vacant for three years, will be an expansion site for Wheeling-based Sterling Brands, LLC, a manufacturer of vinyl products including floor mats, carpet runners, and strip curtains. The applicant intends to spend approximately $500,000 on interior improvements to the building in the two years after its purchase. Approval of the 6B incentive would save the company around $1M over the 13 year span of the program. Northbrook’s Trustees were especially pleased that the application no longer included plans for a second company, a manufacturer of single-use plastic bags, which some had raised sustainability concerns for some Board members in the application’s initial review. Sterling also offered to partner with the Village on residential plastic bag recycling.

Pizza Options Growing: The Village welcomed Chicago Pizza Authority, a new carryout/delivery restaurant located in White Plains Shopping Center. Meanwhile, work continues at Napolita Pizzeria & Wine Bar in downtown Northbrook. A social media statement from the Village noted that the restaurant’s specialized wood-burning ovens from Italy were temporarily unavailable to ship during the pandemic, delaying its opening date.

Toyota Dealership Plans Expansion: Toyota on Edens hopes to undergo a multi-parcel redevelopment between 1500 and 1550 Skokie Blvd. to create a new dealership building, a proprietary car wash, and significantly more vehicle storage. Presented for preliminary review before the Trustees, the proposal would involve phased demolition of two existing commercial/office buildings. The proposal also indicated that the business would pursue a sales tax sharing incentive to help fund the project. Trustees were generally enthusiastic about the broad contours of the plan, with caveats that more information would be needed regarding stormwater management, sustainability, and the economic impact of losing the existing buildings.