Steve McNellis, Lincolnwood’s Community Development Director, has announced his retirement effective November 11, 2020.
Mr. McNellis has been with the Village since 2016, having come to Lincolnwood after serving 17 years for the Village of Lincolnshire. During that time, he has overseen numerous projects on behalf of the Village, including The Carrington senior care facility, the iconic Stefani’s restaurant in the former Kow Kow Site, the expansion of car dealerships, including the placement of a new Cadillac and site improvements for numerous established businesses. During his tenure with the Village, a major initiative undertaken by Mr. McNellis was the enhancement of Lincolnwood’s image as a business-friendly environment. Mr. McNellis routinely staffed the Village’s Economic Development Commission, served as editor for the bi-monthly newsletter’s business-focus section, and organized the Village’s annual booth and operations at the International Council of Shopping Centers Dealmakers Conference.
The most iconic contribution by Mr. McNellis has been the redevelopment of the former Purple Hotel Site. Under Mr. McNellis’s leadership, the District 1860 project has taken shape in which Mr. McNellis played a significant role in guiding the developer and assisting the Mayor and Village Board in finalizing the site’s plan, which is expected to begin construction in 2021. The site will feature approximately 300 luxury apartments and a mix of commercial, retail, and restaurant uses.
Mr. McNellis stated, “It has been my great honor and privilege to work for such a diverse community of friendly and welcoming residents and businesses who are pulling together in the same direction for the betterment of the community. I’ll miss working with this top-notch staff and dedicated Mayor and Board, but look forward to seeing Lincolnwood’s bright future come into focus once District 1860 and many other new and exciting developments get underway.”
Upon hearing of Mr. McNellis’s retirement, Village Manager Anne Marie Gaura stated, “Steve’s contribution to the Village during the last four years cannot be understated. His contributions to the community will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come. His professionalism and approach to work will be sorely missed. We wish Steve the best of luck in retirement.”
The Village of Lincolnwood wishes Steve McNellis well as he begins his well-deserved retirement later this month.
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