Development Projects Advance in Downtown Northbrook

Development Projects Advance in Downtown Northbrook

Northbrook’s downtown will begin to look a little different as a number of development projects advance this summer:
Lucky Fish on Shermer
1349 Shermer Road
After running into a number of frustrating, unexpected obstacles, including issues with an older building and switching contractors halfway through the project, Steve Geffen believes work on restaurant, Lucky Fish, is back on track and the restaurant could open as soon as this month.

Despite the many challenges, the design of the restaurant will be the same as originally proposed, featuring an open kitchen, full bar and oyster bar along the wall and seating for 75 – 80. Geffen described the “brutal process” of dealing with unexpected issues such as trusses, which cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair, along with building a custom 40 foot by 10 foot skylight from scratch when the original was discovered to be too badly damaged to repair, as the biggest holdups. Plumbing and electrical work has also presented challenges.

All of the renovations are designed to make sure the restaurant will have a mid-century industrial look, with exposed steel, brick and lumber, he adds, preserving the history and character of the building while making it new and up to standards.
Geffen says he has yet to receive his liquor license and will need a special permit for outdoor seating, but that the Village has been very helpful throughout the process. Until it finally opens, patrons will see a sign thanking them for their patience and promising “we’re almost there.”

Gateway (Jacobs Companies)
Shermer Road, west of Waukegan Road
The 68-unit townhome and urban-style row home project continues to move through the final steps in the permitting process including a recommendation for approval by the Architectural Control Commission. This month, the Plan Commission will review final plan and final plat documents to make sure they are in substantial compliance with the concept plan which was approved by the Village last year. The recommendations of the Architectural Control Commission and Plan Commission will then be forwarded to the Village Board to consideration. Once the documents are approved by Village Trustees, construction is expected to commence this summer.

Village Green Center
1312 – 1318 Shermer Road
Warmer winter weather helped with the construction of the multi-use project on Shermer, according to property owner Selwyn Marcus. Once completed, the project will be named “1312 at the Park,” he says.

Already there is an undisclosed single tenant for the 2400 square foot space on the first floor of the building, with occupancy expected sometime in mid-summer. Thereafter, the second and third floors of the building will be completed in July and August respectively. Of the 10 apartment units, eight will be two bedroom, two bath 1400-1900 square foot apartments and two will be one bedroom 1.5 baths, 1200-1300 square foot apartments. Each unit will have one parking space. There are an additional 200 parking spaces behind the building. For more information call (847) 533-8500&’ type=’text/javascript’>