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Old Posted Mar 26, 2016, 12:02 AM
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Hmm...this article mentions Northworks (unless they are collaborating).
Miller/Hull is based in Seattle, so they need a local architect of record...

The article quotes Northworks because they were at the meeting.
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WOW, love that OP proposal.
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So much development coming to Oak Park, most of it within a few blocks of my house. Can't wait to see how they turn out over the next few years. I'm especially looking forward to more and better restaurants within walking distance. Its interesting the generational split between long-time Oak Parkers and relative newcomers. The old-timers constantly refer to Oak Park as a village (which it is technically according to Illinois law) and how they don't like all the new density, lack of parking, congestion, etc. And at the same time they decry how the limited shopping options. Most of the newer families that I've talked to moved to Oak Park appreciate the (relatively) dense development in downtown Oak Park.
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One Winnetka - Elm and Lincoln
71 apartments, 40K sf retail


So he's proposing recreating the village of Versailles in Winnetka, sans the palace?
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^^Better rendering:

Much better, not as bad when it's not in sketchup.
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The brick looks good. It's set too far back from the street. And I don't know what the point of the shingled roof sections is. The slope is so shallow they can't even be seen from across the street. Could have just gone with a simpler flat roof.
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Old Posted Apr 19, 2016, 5:45 PM
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There's also the fact that the building isn't done yet and there should still be two retail sections that need to be completed plus a public plaza
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(And shouldn't this be in the suburban downtown thread?)
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(And shouldn't this be in the suburban downtown thread?)
I didn't know there was one. Just searched for it, didn't find it.
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Old Posted Apr 22, 2016, 8:48 PM
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Another Elmhurst development...that actually looks good.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...419-story.html

Elmhurst Council approves six-story downtown development
Elmhurst City Council members voted 10 to 4 Monday to approve a six-story mixed use tower on the northwest corner of Addison Avenue and First Street, despite concerns over structure height and dwelling unit density.
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^ A welcome change indeed - thanks spyguy.
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I've been exploring Elmhurst a lot lately. The lot for that 6-story Opus proposal is right next to the Metra lines, and won't even be close to being the tallest in the downtown area. And it replaces a boring one story bank building plus massive parking lot. It continues to amaze me that anyone would vote against such a project.

Elmhurst is really nice. Yesterday I went for a lunch walk around downtown and walked through the Elmhurst College campus and surrounding neighborhood. Never even knew it was there. Will have to make that a regular thing, I do love a college quad.
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Some interesting tidbits in the Tribune article on Opus
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Levin noted Monday that most of what the developer was requesting in terms of conditional use and variations from zoning rules would be allowed under the city's proposed 2016 downtown plan, now under review.

"The 2016 plan will recommend specifically that 65-foot building height be allowed as a matter of right," Levin said in introducing the project, which he called "a very significant development in the downtown area.

"If this was eight months down the road, virtually none of these requests would be required," Levin said.
Nice to see some of the burbs moving to more explicitly allow TOD around the Metra stations and fixing out of date zoning.
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Yeah I think Elmhurst aspires to something like downtown Oak Park with a liberal dash of downtown Naperville.

Culturally it sits in this sweet spot of having rising incomes but not yet too stuffy and old-money like Hinsdale or Clarendon. I know quite a few people including my cousin and her husband who wanted access to decent suburban schools without moving to a cornfield. Elmhurst is a nice balance of being dead center in Chicagoland with good access to the city, airports and other job centers. (I've also seen young parents moving to Skokie... similar factors I guess but the downtown is a snoozefest)
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^ I'd really like to see something of an outright outpouring of TOD development in the suburbs. The suburbs have been somewhat stagnant for a while, and home sales have kind of petered out.

We need a region and a homebuilding industry that actually captures new trends and tastes, and while there will always be a market for traditional SFH in the burbs, there is also a lot of demand for multifamily housing within a walking district to the Metra, and adjacent to a walkable commercial district.

I'm not necessarily just talking about multiunit apartment or condo buildings, but even townhomes or, heck, even SFH's built in rows with little yard space. There is a proportion of the population that doesn't mind, and in fact even embraces, a little bit of density.

This is the burbs after all, so you're unlikely to get a lot of 20-40 story towers, but at least with the above kind of arrangement you provide a form of housing that I suspect is in great demand.
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Yeah I think Elmhurst aspires to something like downtown Oak Park with a liberal dash of downtown Naperville.

Culturally it sits in this sweet spot of having rising incomes but not yet too stuffy and old-money like Hinsdale or Clarendon. I know quite a few people including my cousin and her husband who wanted access to decent suburban schools without moving to a cornfield. Elmhurst is a nice balance of being dead center in Chicagoland with good access to the city, airports and other job centers. (I've also seen young parents moving to Skokie... similar factors I guess but the downtown is a snoozefest)
Some of Elmhurst is to close to O'Hare. As long as you live on the southside of the tracks on the wealthy side it is great, but not on the Bensenville side. If they ever close runway 22R it would be better for Elmhurst.
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^ What the hell, is that the Ghostbusters car parked in front of the garage?
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