- Feb 22, 2016
A number of economic development projects are underway in Northbrook, ready to move ahead in full force once the spring weather arrives. Some have already begun the construction phase while others are advancing through the approval process. At the Chamber’s recent “State of the Village” address Northbrook Village President noted that development activity in Northbrook is at an all time high. She cited the Village’s strong financial position, its thriving business community, low vacancy rates at its shopping centers, strong tax base and the general improvement in the economy as reasons for developer interest in the community.
1179 – 1275 Shermer Road
The Plan Commission held five public hearings in January and February before finally voting to recommend approval of this townhome project. To address concerns about density and landscaping the developer reduced the number of two and three story townhomes from 76 to 72. Other major changes included increasing the width of the shared driveway around the south end of the D units to 20 feet, creating a 6-foot carriage walk on Shermer Road, eliminating land banked parking, a three foot tall ornamental metal fence with gates along the Shermer Road right-of-way, increasing the setback to 40 feet and additional landscaping. The Village Board is expected to take up the project sometime this month, which will allow additional public comments.
Village Green Business Center
1312 Shermer (apartments)
1314 – 18 Shermer (retail)
Construction is underway on the downtown mixed use project. The three story building will include 10 apartment units on the 2nd and 3d floors; each with one indoor parking spot. Already a single tenant has been signed to occupy the 2,400 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, with 10 indoor heated parking spots behind the commercial space. Completion of the project is expected in early 2017. For information about pre-leasing the apartments call Selwyn Marcus at (847)498-5330.
2775 Dundee (intersection at Pfingsten)
With construction underway, a new 2,350 square foot Dunkin’Donuts with a drive through is expected to be complete in early summer.
1230 Voltz Road (Voltz and Waukegan )
Village Trustees are expected to vote on a revised concept plan for the project at Voltz and Waukegan for 34 single family homes this month. After the original proposal for 36 homes was voted down by the Plan Commission by a vote of 5 – 4, a revised proposal was considered by the Village Trustees’ Planning and Zoning Committee which voted to recommend approval of the project. The new design reconfigures the internal roads and includes a private road to connect Lee Road to the cul de sac via an electronic gate that can only be accessed by residents and emergency personnel. It increases the setbacks along the north and south of the project and includes additional walking paths and sidewalk along Voltz.
3800 Dundee Road
The site will include 21 single family homes (six different ranches and two story models) that are designed to resemble an informal coastal community, featuring front porches and decks. Construction on the retention pond, installation of underground utilities and site grading is underway to be followed by paving the roads and installation of the curbs and gutters. Two homes have been sold and are expected to be completed in August or September. Two spec homes will also be constructed this spring. For more information visit www.timbersedgenorthbrook.com.
Life Time Fitness
1000 Skokie Boulevard
The Village Trustees Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing on March 1 a revised plan for the mixed use development at Skokie Boulevard. The development originally proposed a 93,000 square foot Life Time Fitness facility, a 43,000 square foot Children’s Learning Adventure day care facility, and a 338-unit rental apartment building by The Fingers Company on the 18 acre site. Narrowly defeated by the Plan Commission by a 4 -3 vote in September, the project was considered by Village Trustees in January. At the meeting Trustees voted to send the project to its Planning and Zoning Committee for additional changes. The developer indicated a willingness to reduce the number of residential units by 10%. Other concerns expressed included safety of the day care parking lot and traffic.
Provenance by Red Seal
Techny Road & Pensive Lane
A groundbreaking to note the start of construction on the infrastructure to build a 137 unit residential development on the outer ring of the Mission Hills 18-hole golf course is planned for this spring. The plan includes 82 maintenance-free townhomes, 34 duplexes, and 21 custom single family homes on 44 acres. Developers report they have $13 million in sales, with 15% of all homes sold. The first home is expected to be completed by spring of 2017. Developers project over $1.5 million in new property taxes will be generated by the project. For more information, visit www.redsealhomes.com or call (847)417-3056.