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Lake Cook Road Corridor Plan Moves Forward

Board votes on effort to boost Deerbrook area Jan. 22, downtown plaza slated for improvement and more.

A plan to amend the Village zoning ordinance to ease the way for retail development in the area around Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads got its first reading before the Village Board of Trustees Monday with a vote scheduled Jan. 22.

The proposed ordinance , according to the Plan Commission suggestions.

Earlier: Deerbrook May Benefit From Proposed Zoning Change

In other action, the Board agreed to consider a special use permit to allow Joy of the Game to expand its services to increase its efforts to tutor special needs children and expand its private party business. A vote on that legislation is tentatively set Feb. 4.

The Board also gave initial consideration to an ordinance requiring renovators of buildings in excess of 1,500 square feet to recycle 75 percent of their building materials as well as to an arrangement with US Bank to lease and improve the plaza at the northeast corner of Deerfield and Waukegan Roads.

The Village will take control of the property April 1 and develop plans for the beautification effort, according to Administrative Assistant Andrew Lichterman. Deerfield will bear the cost of the improvements.

“People can come out and sit on a bench and enjoy Dear Franks, something from the bakery or from the bagel place,” Mayor Harrier Rosenthal said.

“We cannot lose, we can only gain,” Trustee Mary Oppenheim added.

Patch will have articles later this week with more details of these proposals and more.

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Ellen Beth Gill January 08, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Nice for US Bank that the taxpayers of Deerfield get to foot the bill for their improvements. Why is it that local government has become nothing more than a candy store for national corporations. Has anyone ever thought that US Bank is doing just fine and perhaps should give something back to the good people of Deerfield who are among the people of the towns across the country that are the backbone of its business.
RB January 08, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I agree. Deerfield Bank was proud of that corner and took care of it. U S Bank apparently could care less about taking care of their own property. Can I lease my yard to the Village and let them mow the grass and rake the leaves? I'll continue to live in the house and whatever improvements they make will be to my property, just like the Bank arrangement. Instead, I take care of the Village Parkway in front of my house. If we have extra capacity of mowers and workers between the Village and Park Disrict, then lets get rid of the extra capacity instead of taking on more work, especially work on non-Village property. This does not sound fiscally sound. I'm all for nice looking property but the property owner should make it nice and maintain it.
McCloud January 09, 2013 at 01:19 AM
The candy store has been open for the last 4 years. Bank bailouts aside, record welfare, record disability, record food stamps, extended unemployment, auto bailouts. This is the stuff that gets one elected.
Jon Hall January 09, 2013 at 04:41 PM
When US Bank wants to place a tacky handwritten sign advertising interest rates out on the Deerfield Road sidewalk every day for months on end ... and the Village does nothing about it, then you know where things stand. Yeah they're all just doing fine. Thanks Mary. You are just as blind as the ump who sits across from you.

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