Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

PARK RIDGE, IL-Redevelopment of this northwest suburb’s Central Business District is likely to begin on two fronts—the site of the city’s public library as well as land on Touhy Avenue purchased from a car dealer. That’s the vision, anyway, of a comprehensive plan for the Uptown area recommended for approval by the city’s planning and zoning commission.

Numerous developers have sent letters to the city, apparently poised to create new space in a Downtown along a major Metra commuter rail line. (See:Suburb’s Uptown Vision Approaches Take-Off.) They are closer to the drawing board following a favorable recommendation recently by the planning and zoning commission.

Borders and Barnes & Noble are among the retailers that have expressed interest in the library site, but they would co-exist with a new library at its current location at 20 S. Prospect.

Tom Payne, a principal with the consulting firm Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne, Inc., suggests the former Bredemann auto dealership should ultimately become a mixed-use development. In addition, he suggests the city should relocate its underground reservoir near the site to increase the area’s development potential. Another nearby auto dealership, Napleton Cadillac, also could be redevelopment with multifamily construction.

While the consultants have not recommended relocating the library, they have suggested first-floor retail space on the site, perhaps part of a new library built there. However, the few residents at Monday’s public hearing objected to increasing retail space in Uptown, especially on the library site.

The master plan is the culmination of nearly three years of work by two dozen volunteers on the Uptown Advisory Task Force, which solicited community opinion in a survey that drew 2,700 responses.

“It’s obvious thousands of citizens have had input in this project,” says Ellen Upton, chairperson of the task force. “When we started this process, there was a real air of discomfort among the people of Park Ridge.”

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dig Deeper


GlobeSt. NET LEASE Fall 2021Event

This conference brings together the industry's most influential & knowledgeable real estate executives from the net lease sector.

Get More Information


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.