Clarendon Hills seeks residents for downtown redevelopment committee
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:46AM
CLARENDON HILLS — The Village Board is slated to discuss whether to update a master plan for the downtown area Dec. 17, the first potential revision since 2006.
The board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Village Hall, 1 N. Prospect Ave.
“The consensus is that it is out of date,” Village Manager Randy Recklaus said. “We don’t know, yet, if there would be a completely new plan or an update on what we have.”
The downtown train station was a major part of the village’s 2006 plan and again will be a focus.
A train station study resulted in original plans for a three-story parking deck, a two-story retail/office building that would house the train station, and a pedestrian underpass that would allow people to get from north of the railroad tracks to the station without walking across tracks.
That plan was scaled back considerably because of market conditions to include the underpass and some aesthetic improvements. However, the village board never gave approval to any plan.
Recklaus said village officials are hoping to get interested residents involved in a committee that will be part of the process of adapting a new downtown master plan or updating the current document.
Village Trustee Ed Reid said having resident involvement is very important.
“Over the years, the village has had opportunity to review different proposals designed to improve our downtown district,” he said. “We now would like to have our staff, in conjunction with residents, review all materials and attempt to craft a concise, reasonable, and beneficial plan for the future.”
“I invite any resident with an interest in this project, or with a specific skill set beneficial to developing a plan of this magnitude, to please step forward and volunteer,” he said.