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New Obelisks Direct Visitors to Grayslake's 'Village Center'

Construction is underway at four different locations surrounding downtown.

At four different corners in Grayslake you'll notice new monuments being built: on Lake Street near Route 120, Lake Street near Grayslake Central High School, Center Street near Route 83 and on Library Lane near Route 83.

These obelisks, or pillars, will evenutally have signage to help direct traffic to what the Village calls the 'Villlage Center' - the downtown business district, and multiple municipal and public facilities.

The new signs will welcome visitors to the Village Center, thank them for visiting, encourage them to stop by the historic downtown, and direct them to key locations in the area such as parking, shopping, and major public facilities. The obelisks near sidewalks will include historical information about Grayslake.

The project also includes directional signs on major routes including Routes 45, 83, 120 and Washington Street to help get people passing through Grayslake to visit the 'Village Center' and downtown businesses.

According to Derek Soderholm, deputy village manager for Grayslake, these obelisks are part of the Village's comprehensive plan to encourage shopping and dining in the downtown business district and generally promote the Village Center. "We've had requests over the years from businesses for something like this," he said.

The project has a pricetag of roughly $64,000 which will come out of the Village's Capital Fund. No property tax dollars are used to fund any of the Village's capital improvement projects, Soderholm said.

The new signs are expected to be complete in the next few weeks. 

Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
The question is will the money generated from these signs for local businesses exceed the cost of them? And if so, how long will that take? A year? 15 years?
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:32 AM
You do realise it costs more money to buy a property, and to maintain it. Perhaps the economy has had something to do with it, among other reasons.
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I think a big reason there isn't more business traffic in the downtown area is because of a severe lack of parking, a lack of interesting businesses in general, and traffic congestion to a lesser degree. Not to mention, it severely hurt business when the old Lakeland Building was removed. That place was a hub of activity for people with money who came to town advertising, etc.
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Once Lakeland got sold and became the crappy Lake County Journal, a lot went downhill because they also used to promote the heck out of things locally with their stories. Just something I was thinking about.
Ralf Landmesser September 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Nice "obelisks." I guess squat rectangular columns with a pseudo-Burger King crown on the top is now the definition of obelisk. You would expect a town with obelisks for many street markers to know what one actually looks like. But I'm guessing someone has "Vocabulary Word of the Day" toilet paper, and decided to add to their already self-important aggrandizement by tagging those behemoths with a $2.oo hoi polloi description. Swing...and a miss, my friends,

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