The Village of Glenview

Ongoing Projects

Former Hart Estate, southwest corner of Willow Road and Pfingsten Roads

Construction Status Update

July 30, 2020 -- All work on the shopping center development at ​the southwest corner of Willow and Pfingsten roads has been halted following the July 30 issuance of a temporary restraining order by the Illinois Appellate Court that suspended the previously issued permits for tree removal, demolition, and construction. This order was the result of a lawsuit filed against the Village by a number of area residents.

Prior to the court order, the Village of Glenview stopped work on the site due to the removal of trees that were supposed to have remained in two protected buffer areas on the west lot line and southwest and southeast corners of the 8.55-acre site. A subcontractor for GW Property Group, owner of the former Hart estate site, took down about three dozen trees of between 4 inches and 16 inches in size within the buffer areas and three trees larger than 16 inches that were not included in the tree removal permit.

As part of the permit process Village staff reviewed the tree removal plans and walked the site with the construction manager, which was followed by an inspection of the tree protection fencing prior to authorization to conduct site work. During the week of July 20, the subcontractor removed the protective fencing and took out a significant amount of buckthorn, an invasive tree which was permitted for removal. But also taken out were three dozen smaller trees, some of which were intertwined with the buckthorn, and the three larger trees that were supposed to be protected.

The contractor was fined for removing the three trees over 16 inches in accordance with the Village’s tree preservation ordinance. The contractor was also required to submit a tree remediation plan, which includes planting 30+ new trees to fill the gaps in areas where buckthorn was removed and the trees that had been illegally taken out in the buffer yards. A week later, the remaining tree removal work was permitted to proceed following the Village’s receipt of payment for fines and the submittal of the tree remediation plan. Currently, Village staff is working with the adjacent neighbors to tailor the remediation landscape materials, with installation of the tree remediation plan and the wood screen fencing along the south and west portions of the site being dependent on any scheduling modifications related to the current restraining order.

In the event the emergency order is lifted, the Village will remove its stop-work order posted at the site. Village inspectors will then continue to monitor site activities on a regular basis through daily visits and regularly-scheduled building and engineering inspections of the construction process. Upon the resumption of activity, it is expected the developer would start site grading work and excavation for detention and utility installation.

Village Board of Trustees approval

The Village Board of Trustees on January 7, 2020 gave final approval to a final site plan review and preliminary subdivision for GW Property Group LLC, to allow for the construction of four new single-story buildings at 2660 Pfingsten Road.

GW Property Group is the owner of the property commonly known as the Hart estate, an 8.55-acre site. 

  • The four single-story retail/office/commercial buildings with associated parking lots, landscaping, site lighting, signage and curb cuts to Willow Road and Pfingsten Road will comprise the north 6.2 acres of the property, with total building floor area of 61,754 square feet.
  • The south 2.35 acres of the site would be maintained as open space with areas for stormwater detention, tree preservation and new landscaping.

Plan Commission review process

  • November 19, 2019 - The Plan Commission voted 3-2 to recommend the revised plans to the Village Board of Trustees.
  • November 1, 2019 -- Prior to consideration of the Plan Commission's recommendation by the Village Board of Trustees, the prospective developer proposed a plan change. As amended, the prospective developer proposed to use the south 2.35 acres of the property for stormwater detention and tree preservation. Because this is a substantive change to the previously recommended plan, additional Plan Commission review will be required September 10, 2019.
  • October 10, 2019 - The Plan Commission reviewed the applicant's revised plans and heard additional public comments. By a 4-1 vote, the Plan Commission moved to recommend approval of the Final Site Plan Review and Preliminary Subdivision to the Board of Trustees.
  • September 26, 2019 -- The Plan Commission continued its consideration of the case without discussion. 
  • August 27, 2019 -- The Plan Commission initiated a Final Site Plan Review and staff presented a summary of the proposed development details followed by discussion and public comments.

Final Site Plan Application Materials:

  1. Executive Summary - added November 11, 2019
  2. Landscape and Open Space Plan - added November 11, 2019
  3. Site Plan, Circulation Plan, Parking Plan, Civil Engineering, and Tree Preservation and Landscaping - added November 11, 2019

1850 Glenview Road, former Bess Hardware site

Appearance Commission review

The Appearance Commission voted preliminary approval June 24, 2020 of proposed architecture, signage and landscaping for the 68-unit mixed-use commercial and multifamily residential transit-oriented developing in the D-D Downtown Development District.

Village Board of Trustees review​ 

The Village Board of Trustees voted 4-2 on March 3, 2020 to give final approval to grant vacation of right-of-way, Planned Development, rezoning, final site plan review and preliminary subdivision approval for The Drake Group mix​ed-use development at 1850 Glenview Road, the former Bess Hardware site. The second consideration follows the preliminary 4-2 vote  on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Plan Commission review

​Appearance Commission review 

  • November 13, 2019 -- The Appearance Commission began its preliminary review process for the design of the architecture, landscaping, lighting and signage. Public comment was received.

Application submittal 

The Village received an application from The Drake Group, the contract purchaser, for the redevelopment of 1850 Glenview Road. the former Bess Hardware site. The proposed development would feature 72 apartment units and retail space on the first floor for a bakery.

The applicant's application materials are provided as follows:

The applicant has completed both a traffic study as well as a fiscal impact study. Both of these studies will be reviewed by the Village's consultants and their reviews as well as the original studies by the applicant will be presented to the Plan Commission.

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Preliminary site plan review update

The Drake Group, the contract purchaser of the property at 1850 Glenview Road, formerly Bess Hardware,  filed a Preliminary Site Plan Review application, which included a preliminary site plan and preliminary building elevations depicting a mixed-use building with first floor retail space and at-grade parking, and an additional four stories of apartment units. Following the applicant’s submittal, Village staff reviews the materials and relays comments in the form of a Preliminary Site Plan Review Report to the applicant that assists them in understanding what modifications to their exhibits are needed to incorporate zoning and building code requirements and to address items typically raised through the development review process.

The Preliminary Site Plan Review is the second stage in the development review process (see link). The applicant will be required to update their plans based on staff's comments prior to applying to formally applying to the Plan Commission and Appearance Commission for development approvals. Based on feedback from the applicant, formal applications and the associated exhibits are anticipated to be submitted towards the end of September, in time to be eligible for an October 22, 2019, Plan Commission meeting. Shortly after formal applications are received, this page will be updated with the developer’s application and exhibits to be reviewed by the Plan and Appearance Commissions (stage 3 in the development review process).

The Preliminary Site Plan Review (PSPR) application and exhibits submitted by The Drake Group are listed below:

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Purchase and Sale Agreement

The Board of Trustees on June 19, 2018 authorized execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement for 1850 Glenview Road, and agreed to commit $1 million to provide more public parking in the downtown area. The Drake Group has proposed a 72-unit, mixed-use, partial 5-story apartment development with 89 enclosed residential parking stalls on the 0.927-acre parcel consisting of the former Bess Hardware site and a portion of land formerly owned by Metra.


The subject property is located on the northwest corner of Glenview Road and Pine Street. The site was previously occupied by a hardware store and the parking lot is presently being used as temporary downtown parking. The Village purchased the property in early 2017 to expedite and facilitate potential redevelopment in accordance with the objectives of the Downtown Revitalization Plan. Additionally, the Village obtained an adjacent parcel owned by Metra to increase the size and marketability of the site.

Downtown Revitalization Plan and Downtown Development (D-D) District Zoning

In November 2006, the Village Board of Trustees adopted the Downtown Revitalization Plan, which outlined an economic development plan that the Downtown Plan Committee overseeing the process determined to be critical to the long-term viability of the downtown.  

The property is within the Downtown Development (D-D) District, which permits greater density, height, and building area than other zoning districts. 

Consideration of a Purchase and Sale Agreement

During 2017 and early 2018, the Village’s development advisor, CBRE, marketed the property to the development community to evaluate the most appropriate product type and land use, given the regulations of the Downtown Development Code. After a thorough evaluation of the market data and the proposals received, the Village Board gave direction to staff to move forward with preparation of a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the Drake Group for a proposed 5-story mixed use building which featured 72 apartment units and first floor retail spaces. The Purchase and Sales Agreement was considered by the Village Board June 5, 2018, and following public comment and Board consideration, the agenda item was approved June 19, 2018.


Additional information regarding the redevelopment can be found at the link below:

If you wish to forward comments about the proposed redevelopment of the former Bess site or receive updates regarding the project, please email


Capital improvement and road construction projects

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