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You Have a Say in North York Plan; Come to the Workshops Monday and Tuesday

It is critical that all stakeholders are involved in the development of the North York Plan, city says. If you can't make the workshop, take the online survey.

The City of Elmhurst is creating a detailed plan for the York Street corridor that will address land use, development, traffic and mobility, urban design, infrastructure and more. 

Public participation will be critical to planning the corridor’s future, and the City of Elmhurst is seeking input from individuals and businesses.

Business owners and operators are invited to a workshop at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the council chambers at City Hall, 209 N. York. This is an opportunity for business owners and managers to discuss issues and challenges related to establishing, operating and growing a business along the corridor. The workshop will help establish a dialogue with those members of the development and business community that have a unique insight and perspective, and whose assistance and involvement will be critical to plan implementation.

A community workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the council chambers. Residents are invited to provide input before any plans or recommendations are formulated. This workshop will:

  • review the purpose of the North York Plan, the planning process and timeline
  • hear resident’s views on problems, issues and assets in the community

A website that includes an online survey and interactive mapping of the project corridor also has been created so interested parties can learn more about the corridor plan and offer input directly to the consulting team of Houseal Lavigne Associates. Click here to get started right away. (The link is also featured under Quick Links on the city’s homepage.)

Along with Houseal Lavigne Associates, the consulting team preparing the North York plan includes Conservation Design Forum and Gewalt Hamilton Associates. A steering committee of local officials, property owners and business owners also has been formed to oversee the process and to work with the consulting team and city staff. The plan will ultimately be approved by the city's Zoning and Planning Commission and the full City Council.

CheKeroauc December 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I'm still baffled by this. Granted the businesses along this stretch are nothing and boarder on being an eye sore.....what is the city going to do? Buy them and wreck them? Haven't they wasted enough money on the Hahn and Addison street debacles?
Mark C December 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
The Mariano's is a good start for this area. It would great to see the closed down hotel turn into a Home Depot / Lowe's / Menard's or something of that sort. I believe with the lack of a big home improvement store located in Elmhurst, and the proximity to the highway the store would be successful.
BG December 16, 2013 at 03:41 PM
C'mon, let's update our Downtown Elmhurst, before worrying about the Hahn and North Corridor..., I wonder why nobody wants those outdated storefronts, with the high rents...
Idont Givitout December 16, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Bottom line there is little reason to shop in Elmhurst. The downtown has no convenient parking and other than the abundance of second rate restaurants, there really are no stores to draw the spending public.
CheKeroauc December 16, 2013 at 05:58 PM
If it weren't for the York theater the downtown area would be a ghost town. And with the use of streaming movies becoming more and more commonplace, who knows how long the theater will last?
Steve December 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM
This is meant to be a plan or a vision. I don't see an issue to make sure there is a plan or vision in place while completing projects in downtown like Hahn and Addison. Comments were made about downtown parking. Please explain what is meant by "convenient parking". There is on street parking, some street surface parking and parking decks. Please explain and provide a solution to follow your explanation.
Jim Court December 19, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I have suggested that the old Plass store be converted to a roller rink that would have basketball Courts and could be used for a multitude of positive reasons. Everyone who states that we have no real destiny attractions is correct. We must create something that draws people from outside the community. If it were up to me I would have torn down much of the downtown area and created a master plan. You must think of solutions in the context of the next 100 years, not band aide solutions for the immediate future, which is what we have done.
Mark C December 19, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Jim, I believe it's the entrepreneurs' responsibilities to do the tearing down / building. The city can help through TIF, marketing, attractive streetscapes, and safety for patrons and businesses. However, I think it's very important especially in this economy that due diligence is done reviewing business plans when offering TIF.
Jim Court December 20, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Mark, I would agree with you. I really never suggested any TIF money be used. I am simply focused on an idea that would help the downtown a destination location.
Jim Court December 20, 2013 at 09:10 AM
Mark, Just looked at the above comments and we are in total agreement about the Home Center. Sure we are not related MC? Sincerely, JC
Mark C January 20, 2014 at 01:37 PM
On the 3rd page of the following article it states the Waverton has been purchased. Does anyone have any info on who or can confirm that it was in fact purchased? http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2014/01/13/qa-flood-mitigation-whole-foods-on-mayor-morleys-radar-in-2014/ayyu84t/

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