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Buffalo Grove nearing vote on Lake-Cook plan.

Byline: Steve Zalusky

Buffalo Grove leaders are expected to adopt the village's long-term plan for the Lake-Cook Road corridor in April, but first residents and other members of the public have a month to weigh in on development strategy.

A draft of the plan was presented to village board members Monday. It contains, among other things, a vision for the Town Center and Chase Plaza properties at either end of the corridor, as well as suggestions for how the village campus might be redeveloped.

The corridor is defined as the 472-acre area between Arlington Heights Road to just west of Weiland Road, and from Old Checker Road to just south of Lake-Cook Road.

Community Development Director Christopher Stilling stressed that Town Center and Chase Plaza are ready for development, with infrastructure in place.

"When the development community looks for sites like this, they look for the path of least resistance," he said. "So these types of sites are what attract them to the location."

Residents and business owners have weighed in on the plan at multiple public meetings held since February 2017, as well as Monday's presentation of the draft.

Diana Lewis, a resident of the Manchester Green neighborhood, said she is concerned about more traffic being funneled through Church Road and Old Checker Road.

"We have a very quiet area, and that's what we really enjoy, whether we're dog-walking or visiting with our neighbors," she said. "We're just 58 little houses. And we're concerned that all of a sudden we're going to be in the middle of a lot.

"While I think it's great that we're going to have this development, I guess I would feel better about it if I didn't live so close to it. Because we really like our community the way it is, and we don't want it to become just a very busy, noisy area that we have to contend with."

Stilling said the village can look at traffic calming measures that can "pull those folks away from the area."

Stevenson High School student Jacob Brown asked if the corridor would serve younger people like himself, who seem "to be missed in a lot of the different facilities that are offered in Buffalo Grove."

Stilling said millennials who want smaller homes and a variety of amenities would benefit from the mix of uses offered in the plan.

The public can view the draft plan at The village also is hosting open houses on the plan, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12; 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 22; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 26; and 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.

Also, a public hearing will be held by the planning and zoning commission to consider the draft plan at 7:30 p.m. March 21. All will be held at village hall, 50 Raupp Blvd.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 8, 2018
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