The Village Board held a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, July 15 to discuss downtown planning initiatives which included Shermerville Commons, scheduled Capital Improvement Plan (C.I.P.) projects and downtown parking.
During the meeting, Trustees came to a consensus that the Shermerville Commons proposal, which was to be located in the storm water detention area behind Village Hall and the Library, was cost prohibitive and will not be pursued.
The Board gave staff direction to move forward with roadway improvements in the Central Business District as stipulated within the C.I.P., which includes reconstruction of the Shermer Road bridge, located just west of the Church Street and Shermer Road intersection; reconstruction of Shermer Road, west of the bridge to Illinois Road; and the reconstruction of Meadow Road, with curb lines moved back and parking improvements.
The Board directed staff to postpone the construction of boulevard style road improvements along Shermer Road (between the bridge and Waukegan Road) until the potential C-1 development, on the south side of Shermer Road between Church Street and Angle Avenue is completed.
Additionally, Trustees came to consensus that a parking study would not be pursued by the Village at this time. The Trustees gave staff direction to hold discussions with downtown commercial property owners regarding economic development incentives.
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