The Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) project was previously continued to the July 15th Village Board meeting to allow the Developer, MedProperties Group, additional time to address tree preservation. NCH and the Developer requested the continuance before the Board so that their new tree expert can meet with the Village’s Forester to review an updated tree inventory/survey. After the Village reviewed the updated information, the Village determined that NCH and the Developer would no longer need to pay a cash-in-lieu of trees, which was originally estimated at over $300,000.
NCH and the Developer have requested a further continuance to the to the August 19th Village Board meeting. Their continuance is unrelated to the trees, as that has been resolved. They are requesting the additional time to address other open issues, unrelated to the Village’s approval process. Overall, the project was recommended for approval by both the Village staff and the Planning & Zoning Commission.
In 2018, the Village Board approved the Lake Cook Road Corridor Market Study and Plan. The Plan, which included significant community involvement, provides a vision for the busiest Corridor in Buffalo Grove and is an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Many community members have approached the Village thinking that the plan was actually a development proposal. It is not. Rather, it is a community driven plan intended to guide the future development of the corridor. When developers and/or property owners come forward to redevelop the properties within the corridor, the Village will use the plan as a guide. As a result of this new vision, developers have already starting approaching the Village with interest in moving forward with some aspects of the plan. Currently, the Village is working with developers looking to redevelop the existing Northwest Community Hospital site (Lake Cook Road and 83) for a new medical office building and retail.
More information will be provided when it is available.
The Village meets with the owner of Town Center on a regular basis and encourages the owner to improve the center. Over the years, several plans have been presented as concepts but the owner has not proceeded. Outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
After the nationwide closure of Dominick’s, the Chase Plaza’s key tenant, traffic to the center dramatically decreased which has resulted in the closure of several smaller stores. The former Dominick’s is now owned by Jewel’s parent company, Alberton’s, and it has been very difficult to locate another grocery store into the former Dominick’s space. The Village has partnered with other communities in the same position in order to put pressure on Albertson’s to do something with the space. Despite continued interest in the property by developers and tenants, a sale price has not been agreed upon. Like other properties, the center is privately owned. Outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
This is a Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH) project that has been planned for many years but has been pushed back by Cook County. At this time, CCDOTH has completed the design for the improvements for Lake Cook Road from Raupp Boulevard to Hastings Drive. Property acquisition of additional right-of-way for the widening is the only item delaying this project from moving to the construction phase. This project includes portions of Route 83, Buffalo Grove Road, and Weiland Road.
Based upon the current land acquisition status it is expected the project will be bid out in late spring or early summer of 2019. At that same time private utilities like ComEd and AT&T will begin relocating their utilities within the right-of-way, traffic is expected to be impacted on a limited basis during this work. Full scale construction and lane closures will then be expected to start late summer or fall of 2019 and continue until construction is complete. More information can be found here
about both the Lake Cook Road project and adjacent Weiland Road Projects.
The owners had an economic incentive agreement with the Village in 2013 to develop the center which included a Fresh Farms. The owners then came back to the Village asking for additional incentive money prior to moving forward with the development. A new agreement was negotiated; however, during that time Dominick’s announced its closure and Garden Fresh Market announced it was opening across the street. At that time the owners decided to pull back from the project. The Village has met with the owners to encourage reinvestment into the center. However, a definitive development concept has not be submitted. Like other properties, outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
There is currently no development proposal for the development of any portion of the Golf Course.
Several interested developers have approached the Village with plans to redevelop the property. Based on the feedback we have received, the property owner is asking above market price for the property, making any redevelopment very difficult. Like other properties, outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
The Village has received multiple questions concerning tourist homes such as Air BNB or VRBO. Pursuant to Village Code, they are not permitted. Specifically, Section 17.12.285 C of the Buffalo Grove Zoning Ordinance states that “tourist homes” are prohibited. While the Village recognizes that such tourist homes may be marketed online, the Village is unable to proactively enforce those units being marketed as the specific property address is not listed until such time that a reservation is confirmed.
Furthermore, while homes may come up within the Buffalo Grove area, the exact location is an approximate and may or may not be within the Village limits of Buffalo Grove. If you have a concern regarding a specific property in Buffalo Grove that may be operating as a tourist home, please click on the “Report a Concern” and a Village staff member will follow up.