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Study Description

Called the "Queen Suburb of Chicago" by early realtors, Western Springs is known as a community with lovely homes, great neighborhoods, and a strong sense of community. It also has a wonderful, small downtown with unique restaurants and shops centered on a Metra commuter rail station. To maintain and enhance this unique core of community life, in 2011 the Village crafted a Downtown Redevelopment Plan. The planning process involved an extensive public participation process, including a community survey, participatory workshops, a temporary storefront office for walk-in conversations about downtown, direct interviews and meetings with property owners and developers, and oversight by a steering committee. The intensive process resulted in a Plan that was adopted by the Village Board on August 22 by Ordinance 11-2643 as an amendment to the Village's Comprehensive Plan. Highlights of the plan include a wayfinding system, a renovation strategy for the overall streetscape, identification of nine potential redevelopment sites, creation of design guidelines, fašade renovation sketches, implementation strategies, a marketing and promotions strategy, and examination of parking demand and identification of parking improvements.Click here for the project webpage

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2009
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:Village of Western Springs
Current Activities:Construction is underway of Foxford Station, a 28 unit condominium development with 3,800 square feet of ground-floor commercial space at Wolf Road and Burlington, across the street from the Metra station. The RTA will continue to monitor progress and offer assistance as needed.
Information Updated:October 2018
Study Documents
Western Springs Downtown Plan (September 20, 2011)
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Metra Stations:Western Springs (BNSF) accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Municipalities:Western Springs
US Congressional Districts:3 Dan Lipinski
Illinois Senate Districts:24 Suzy Glowiak Hilton, 41 John F. Curran
Illinois House Districts:47 Deanne M. Mazzochi, 82 Jim Durkin
County Board Districts:Cook 17
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:Central
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