History of downtown Glenview revitalization planning
The Village Board committed to downtown Glenview revitalization in January 2004, when it formed a committee to come up with a definitive and comprehensive master plan. A vision of a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown, the Downtown Revitalization Plan, was adopted in June 2006.
Glenview's downtown utilizes a different approach than traditional zoning codes, which focus on very specific property uses. The Form-Based Code, adopted in June 2008, focuses more on the look, feel and form of the types of buildings that will be constructed within the downtown and how these buildings will relate to each other and to surrounding properties.
Copies are available at Village Hall, 2500 East Lake Avenue, or by calling (847) 904-4330.
Just as everything was put in place, the recession of 2008 froze the potential for downtown revitalization. In 2011, Glenview began to see movement in downtown redevelopment.
In September 2011, the Village Board of Trustees hired U.S. Equities LLC as a development advisor to assist with recommendations related to creating market-based, executable redevelopment strategies for downtown Glenview. The focus was on Village-owned properties in the downtown district (the former Dominick's at 1020 Waukegan Road; Village Hall at 1225 Waukegan Road; and Fire Station 6 at 1815 Glenview Road).
U.S. Equities discussed its findings at Village Board of Trustees workshops on March 6, 2012 and April 25, 2012. On May 22, 2012, the Village Board directed that a text amendment to the Village Code revise the uses permitted in the downtown area.
Allowable uses in the downtown district
The Village Board of Trustees on March 19, 2013 approved a text amendment to the Municipal Code that expanded permissible uses on the first floor of buildings along Glenview Road and along Waukegan Road from Glenview Road to Grove Street in the Downtown Development District. The changes were designed to further support the Downtown Master Plan's vision of a walkable, pedestrian-friendly district.
The new permitted uses included: yoga/pilates/personal training; health and fitness clubs; indoor recreation; health and beauty services; laundry/dry cleaning/tailoring; music and dance schools; art and photo studios; print and copy shops; education/tutoring; day care; and physical therapy/chiropractors.
Recent downtown projects
Heinen's Fine Foods, 1020 Waukegan Road
Midtown Square, 1800 block Glenview Road
Riverforest, 1160-1200 Waukegan Road