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Old Posted Dec 31, 2019, 3:28 PM
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^ oh, more TOD for wilmette.

and it looks light years better than the village's first attempt at TOD: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0754...7i16384!8i8192

it looks like it would replace a non-descript stand-alone bank building with a large surface lot. no loss there.

that's a rather big dense urban building for little old wilmette. it'll be interesting to see if they approve it.
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Old Posted Jan 6, 2020, 5:57 PM
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The Boomers like condos now. My parents are considering one. They don't want any stairs in a unit (no townhomes). Covered parking, no sidewalks to shovel, no yard to rake.
I imagine there are plenty of folks in Wilmette that want to stay in Wilmette and want a new construction condo to downsize into.
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Downtown Wilmette is a victim of poor urban planning. Compared to the gentle uniformity of Winnetka and Hubbard Woods, DT Wilmette feels habscrable. Its noticeable in the relative lack of varied retail and restaurants. The area is almost dead and having a large TOD Metro adjacent is a good idea. But in the end that design doesn't fit in well with the surroundings.
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I have to correct myself, I thought this was on the East side of the Metra. Its actually along Green Bay Road. Much less out of place there.
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^ yeah, green bay road through downtown wilmette is already pretty hodge-podge, just about anything would fit in.

and while downtown winnetka is certainly more polished, i would hardly describe downtown wilmette as "dead".

i mean, there's some stuff there: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0766...7i16384!8i8192

i count a dozen restaurants east of the metra tracks with at least some amount sidewalk seating. that's not terrible.

it's decent enough for a traditional pre-war metra stop village center. it could certainly be better, and a 108 unit TOD can only help in that regard.


also, i wonder how the proximity to downtown evanston might impact downtown wilmette. it's only 2 miles away as the crow flies. i grew up in east wilmette, and when my family went out to eat, we were FAR more likely to head into downtown evanston than downtown wilmette. downtown winnetka is nearly 5 miles from downtown evanston, and thus probably doesn't lose nearly as many potential customers to it as wilmette does.
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Yes true about Downtown Wilmette being in a kind of in between point. I swear it used to be busier, though. The area near the theater just feels almost forgotten. For coffee in the afternoon recently I could find only the Panera Bread open. Maybe everyone just goes to Walker Bros.

Regardless there is plenty of room for new development and probably demand so it'll be interesting to see what happens.
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Yes true about Downtown Wilmette being in a kind of in between point. I swear it used to be busier, though.
perhaps it was. i admittedly haven't walked around downtown wilmette in many, many years. i was just going off of streetview, and the scenes of people sitting out at sidewalk cafe tables as of august 2018 led me to believe that there had to be some life there.


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The area near the theater just feels almost forgotten. For coffee in the afternoon recently I could find only the Panera Bread open. Maybe everyone just goes to Walker Bros.
the area around the theater doesn't seem that forgotten or forlorn to me: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0766...7i16384!8i8192

yeah, it's not sherman avenue in downtown evanston or anything, but that's still an intact traditional retail street. it's no great shakes in the grand scheme of things in chicagoland, but if you transported that street to say phoenix, it would instantly become one of the most urban retail streets in the entire city.

and it's heartening to see that Chuckwagon is still there.


for what it's worth, i counted 21 food/beverage service establishments in downtown wilmette, 14 for downtown winnetka. downtown wilmette seems more oriented towards actual restaurants, while downtown winnetka does seem to have more coffee options.
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