- Sep 19, 2018
Construction abounds in Northbrook as many projects that were recently approved by the Village Board have broken ground or are nearly complete. Many other projects are under review, await formal approval, or anticipate completion in the near future:
Dunwood Subdivision, 2600 Dundee and 759 Greenwood
A tentative plat approval for seven single family homes on 2.03 acres was issued and final engineering is underway. Once the engineering plans are submitted for final approval, the final plat will be presented to the Plan Commission and the Board of Trustees. Site work and construction can commence after those steps are completed.
Grainger property, 1657 Shermer Road
The 10.3 acre site previously occupied by Grainger is now officially under Village ownership. According to Village sources, preliminary discussions with Metra on the many technical issues associated with the possibility of moving the train station are underway. Estimates are that moving the station would increase the commuter parking by approximately 20 percent and reduce the amount of time that Shermer Road is blocked from trains stopped in the downtown. Once those are resolved a decision would need to be made about a detailed feasibility study and cost analysis.
Green Acres, 916 Dundee Road
According to managing partner David Kahnweiler, GA Northbrook LLC, things are in a preliminary stage for the future of the 127 acre property. “We are in the exploration phase in an effort to determine demand of various uses and will subsequently develop a land plan reflecting same. Unfortunately, we do not have a timetable at this point but would encourage any feedback or expression of interest from community members. We hope this to be a transparent and communicative process.” The parcel is zoned for open space and any commercial redevelopment would require a public hearing.
Jacobs Homes, 1179-1291 Shermer
The first phase of construction of the 68 unit townhouse development by Jacobs Homes is underway, including the installation of the underground storm detention system. Building permits cannot be issued until those improvements are in place, according to Village staff. Building permits for their first 10 units have been submitted.
Jet International, 1919 Stanley Street
The Glenview-based aircraft parts supplier received a 6b Cook County tax break earlier this year to move to the site previously occupied by Maurice Sporting Goods. Currently the company is preparing building permit drawings to upgrade the facility and move into the space next year.
Joy of the Game
A proposal was recently submitted by North Shore Sports and Wellness (NSSW) to locate a multi-use sports complex at a property in the Sky Harbor Business park at 555 Huehl Road. NSSW proposes redeveloping the existing 78,500 square foot building to accommodate the relocation of Joy of the Game and several other sports-related businesses and a school that they currently operate in Deerfield. According to the Village, NSSW completed their first round of reviews; a parking and traffic study were also submitted. Technical issues need to be resolved before a public hearing can be scheduled by the Plan Commission.
Life Time Athletic Northbrook, 1100 Skokie Blvd.
Construction on the 89,000 square foot fitness facility is nearing completion. An on-site trailer has been set up offering a “virtual tour” of the center and for anyone interested in signing up for discounted member rates. LifeTime anticipates an opening late this month or early November.
1000 Skokie Boulevard Apartments
Framing for the five-story apartment complex with 304 luxury units is well underway. The six-story precast parking deck that can accommodate 642 vehicles has been completed. No target date for opening has been officially announced, but it is expected to be sometime in 2019. Totaling 593,824 square feet, the development will feature a brick and fiber cement exterior. As part of the 1000 Skokie Boulevard development, improvements are being made that will include widening the pavement on Skokie and installation of a dedicated right-turn lane from Sunset Ridge to southbound Skokie.
The Lodge, 2220 Founders Drive
The Phase IV building is expected to open this month. Final inspections are underway for individual units as they are completed. The project consists of 60 senior units, including 16 assisted living. Construction began in May 2016.
Lurie Children’s Hospital Surgical Center, 1131 Techny Road
The opening of the new 26,000 square foot outpatient surgical center is expected later this month. Currently there is a temporary occupancy permit allowing them to furnish the facility, but a final occupancy permit has not been granted. Located next to the Lurie outpatient center, the facility includes four operating rooms, an MRI, five exam rooms and 14 private rooms for pre- and post-operative care for pediatric patients.
Maple School, School District 30
Construction of the new Maple School is proceeding on schedule, within budget, and is on track to open in the fall of 2019 according to school officials. The project has received help from several neighbors. Homeowners in the La Salceda del Norte neighborhood are allowing the District to utilize their water detention area. Wintrust Bank has provided temporary office space at a discounted rate for the District Office at Northview Community Bank, and District 225 is providing contractor parking and supported a land swap. For more information visit www.d30facilities.org.
Pyramid Packaging, 2901 Shermer Rd.
Construction of a new 8,092 square foot building, as part of an expansion that will double the size of the current building to 13,500 square feet, is underway. Earlier this year Trustees voted in favor of granting Pyramid a 6b tax incentive for the project. The project is expected to be completed in two years.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., 330 Pfingsten Rd.
After a year and a half of construction, Wiss Janney recently announced the opening of its new Janney Technical Center, a 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art testing and applied research facility that consolidates all of its lab space under one roof. The new center is one of the largest and most advanced private materials testing and research facilities in the country, and includes a full array of chemistry, petrography, metallurgy, concrete and mortar, corrosion, and structural testing laboratories as well as environmental exposure chambers.