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Message from the Village President

Welcome to the Village President’s web page on the Village of Lincolnwood website.  On this web page I will share updates and information about the Village of Lincolnwood.  As always, if you are interested in learning more about what is detailed on this page or have questions for me, please call (847) 745-4717 or email me at bbass@lwd.org.

During the month of March, we held the annual State of the Village address hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. During the event we highlighted events from 2018 and on my page I would like to share some of those highlights here.  If you are interested in seeing my entire presentation, please click here.

• Lincolnwood entered into a new water supply agreement with the City of Evanston, which reduces the Village’s wholesale water cost, providing necessary capital to replace aging water mains, many of which are nearing 100 years old.
• The Village received a grant from Cook County and IDOT to perform an intersection improvement study of the Touhy/Cicero intersection to alleviate congestion and make pedestrian improvements.
• Renovated Central Park playground and secured a matching grant for the equipment replacement.
• Received a $4,000 donation to name the basketball courts in Proesel Park aft er Jewell Loyd who is a WNBA basketball player and Lincolnwood native. The dedication ceremony is expected to take place in May.
• Facilitated the creation of the District 1860 Development on the former Purple Hotel Site. The proposed project is being spearheaded by Tucker Development. It is expected that the mixed-use project will have 85,000 square feet of commercial uses and include 300 luxury apartments and a hotel. District 1860 will allow for connections to the Village’s Valley Line Trail and common areas for residents.
• In conjunction with the District 1860 development the Village also redesignated the Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) that was formerly known as the Lincoln Avenue TIF. The new TIF District, which is called the North Lincoln TIF, will encompass District 1860 and provide additional incentive potential for the Site.
• The Village also granted awards through the Property Enhancement Program (PEP) and the Green Improvements for Tomorrow Program (GIFT). These grants included Food for Thought, 7001 N. Ridgeway  Avenue, where PEP and GIFT grants were given for landscaping, façade, and bicycle rack enclosure, and Econocare, 6990 N. Central Park Avenue, which provided for landscaping, new awnings, and energy efficient windows. Food for Thought’s rendering is to the right on this page.
• Following the departure of Carson’s, the Lincolnwood Town Center was able to find a new tenant to occupy 85,000 square feet of the space with The Roomplace. The furniture store will occupy the entire second floor of the former Carson’s and half of the lower floor. It is expected that the new store will open later this summer.
• The new 385-room Carrington Senior Living Residence opened in October 2018.
• Zeigler Auto Group acquired Grossinger Cadillac, GMC, and Buick. It is anticipated that GMC and Buick will remain at their current location on McCormick Boulevard where the building will be remodeled. Cadillac will relocate to a state-of-the-art facility located at 7373 N. Cicero Avenue.
• Auto Canada acquired Grossinger Kia, Toyota, and Hyundai dealerships in 2018. Auto Canada holds almost 70 dealerships across the United States and Canada.
• Loeber Motors acquired the vacant warehouse at 7125 N. Lincoln Avenue for additional vehicle storage. The purchase of this property will lead to a complete remodel and rebuild of the Porsche Showroom with offices added to the second floor. The Porsche dealership will be renamed “Porsche of Lincolnwood.”
• A new 6,430 square foot multi-tenant shopping center will be built on the site of former Republic Bank drivethru facility at 4320 W. Touhy Avenue will be called “Radler Plaza”. Construction is expected to be complete this summer and will be anchored by a Starbucks drivethru.
• Stefani’s Restaurant opened a new 5,425 square foot restaurant, replacing the former Kow-Kow restaurant at the corner of Cicero and Pratt Avenues. This restaurant is part of the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant Group of fine dining establishments.  A picture of Stefani’s is located to the right on this page.
• The Village selected SAFEbuilt to be the Village’s new building inspection provider.

In addition to the State of the Village, I want to highlight some recent accomplishments including:

• The Village was recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies for the recent completion of the Touhy Overpass.
• The Parks and Recreation Department continued their successful Spring Break Camp for school-aged students.
• We recognized residents with the Citizens’ Recognition Award for their vigilance during criminal activity that occurred on New Year’s Day.
• The purchase of the former Purple Hotel Site by Tucker Development was finalized on March 21. This historic and monumental accomplishment was the next step in bringing this project to fruition. It is anticipated that
the project will have a ground-breaking ceremony later this year.  A rendering of District 1860 is to the right.

Sincerely,

Barry I. Bass
Village President

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