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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2013 Hanover Park Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Hanover Park $3,750
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment in their Metra station area.

Current Activities

This panel convened in February 2014 and a summary report of the discussion can be found below in the Study Documents. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,750
Last Updated 01.04.2017
+ 2013 Highwood Transit-Oriented Development Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Highwood $125,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project created a transit-oriented development plan for an approximate ½ mile radius of the Highwood Metra Station, which is also served by Pace Route 472. The plan developed strategies to increase residential and commercial densities and add new business that will improve transit ridership.

Current Activities

The Downtown Projects Guide has been finalized and was adopted by the City Council on September 2014. The City of Highwood was selected by the RTA as part of the 2015 Community Planning Program to receive assistance updating their TOD area zoning regulations. This project began in May 2015 and the city is currently reviewing a draft of potential code revisions.

In 2015, the City of Highwood approved a redevelopment proposal for the former Hotel Moraine site to construct 103 units of senior housing with a grocery store on the ground level. The project is currently under construction.

In spring 2018 the City announced a new residential project that adds 14 townhomes on property between Webster and Clay Avenues, located roughly two blocks from the Highwood Metra station.

Plan implementation has continued with the approval of two multi-family developments on currently vacant lots, located on Green Bay Road. The proposals passed the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council in fall of 2016.

On September 20th 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a proposal for a mixed-use building with 52 apartments, 2,800 square feet of retail space and 56 parking spaces at 440 Green Bay Road. The City acquired this property in 2012 and demolished the former restaurant building on it. It was sold to a developer two years ago and TIF funds have been promised to help with development costs. The proposal will next go to the City Council for approval.

In May 2018, the Webster Place Residential Project was approved. It consists of a 14-unit townhouse complex in Downtown Highwood and is under construction as of June 2018. In addition, a mixed-use development at 246 Green Bay Road consisting of 31 apartment units, 9000 sq. ft of commercial space, and 39 parking spaces was approved in September 2018 and went under construction in November 2018.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$100,000
Local
$25,000
Last Updated 09.16.2019
+ 2013 New Lenox Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel New Lenox $3,750
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment in their Metra station area.

Current Activities

This panel convened in October 2013 and the Summary Report can be found below in the Study Documents. The Village is currently using the recommendations from this discussion to redevelop the focus area. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,750
Last Updated 06.22.2015
+ 2013 Northbrook TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Northbrook $21,666
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project examined the TOD area to identify ways to revise the zoning regulations to address the transit-supportive land use recommendations found in the Downtown Plan. The result was a proposed form-based code for the Downtown district.

Current Activities

The TOD zoning code revisions are complete and waiting on adoption by the Northbrook Village Board. The Board has met several times between 2016 and 2020 to discuss the proposed form-based code and potential revisions that would address Trustees' feedback.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,334
Federal
$17,332
Last Updated 06.03.2020
+ 2013 Oak Forest Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Oak Forest $3,750
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) coordinated a panel of development experts to provide input, guidance and advice to the City of Oak Forest as they work to attract TOD in the Oak Forest Metra station area. This Developer Discussion Panel was part of plan implementation efforts related to the Chicago Southland TOD Corridor Planning Study Phase II study that included the preparation of pre-development work and associated market supportable conceptual development plans for a specific development site located in proximity to the Oak Forest Metra station. For more information on the Phase II study please visit http://www.rtams.org/rtams/planningStudy.jsp?id=537.

Current Activities

The Developer Discussion Panel took place on December 10, 2013 and the Summary Report can be found below in the Study Documents. This discussion helped the Village finalize a 60-unit IHDA-funded rental development located along 157th street adjacent to the Oak Forest Metra Station. This project received preliminary approval from IHDA in 2014 and construction may begin in 2015.

In early 2015, the RTA applied for CMAQ funds on behalf of the City for pedestrian improvements and bike signage in the Metra station area. Chosen CMAQ projects were announced in October 2015 and the Oak Forest project was included.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,750
Last Updated 09.15.2017
+ 2013 Pace Fox Valley Study Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Pace Suburban Bus $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project examined Pace Fox Valley service to include an origin-destination study and analysis to identify transit service improvements that will improve efficiency and increase ridership for the Fox Valley service area.

Current Activities

Based on the findings of this project, Pace implemented a services restructuring which was implemented in 2015/2016 in two phases. Five new routes were added: Route 540 Farnsworth Avenue, Route 559 Illinois Rt. 59, Route 722 Ogden Avenue, Southeast Aurora Call-n-Ride, and Naperville-Aurora Call-n-Ride. Major restructuring and/or replacement took place of seven existing routes: Route 524 West Aurora, Route 533 Northeast Aurora, Route 802 Aurora / Geneva, Route 521 East Circulator, Route 528 Aurora - Rush-Copley Medical Center, Route 529 Randall Road - 5th Street, and Route 532 Illinois Avenue. More information can be found by going to the Pace Fox Valley Initiative webpage: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/initiatives/fox_valley/fv_default.asp

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$80,000
Local
$20,000
Last Updated 06.13.2017
+ 2013 Park Forest Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Park Forest $3,750
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment in their Metra station area.

Current Activities

This panel convened in June 2013 and a summary of this discussion can be found in the Study Documents below. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,750
Last Updated 10.07.2014
+ 2013 Richton Park Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Richton Park $3,750
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment in their Metra station area.

Current Activities

This panel convened in December 2013 and a summary of this discussion can be found in the Study Documents below. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,750
Last Updated 10.07.2014
+ 2013 Ridgeland Avenue Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways $200,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project developed a multi-modal corridor plan for Ridgeland Avenue from 79th Street to 135th Street in the communities of Burbank, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Worth, Alsip and Palos Heights. The corridor includes or intersects with five Pace bus routes and provides access to the Chicago Ridge Metra Station. The plan provides recommendations for the corridor that ensure the safe and efficient movement of people while supporting the local economies.

Current Activities

The final Corridor Plan was completed in June of 2014. Meetings were held with some local governments to assist with implementation efforts. In early 2015, the RTA applied for CMAQ funds on behalf of the Village of Chicago Ridge for pedestrian safety improvements around the Metra station as a selected project in the Access to Transit Improvement Program. CMAQ funds were awarded to this project in the fall of 2015.

In 2017 the Village of Chicago Ridge applied to and was awarded Cook County for funding to complete bus stop infrastructure improvements along Ridgeland Avenue as well as to construct a multi-use path along Ridgeland as recommended in the plan. Wayfinding signage, lighting enhancements, ADA curb cuts and median improvements have been installed along the corridor from the Chicago Ridge Metra station to 105th Street.

The Village of Palos Heights continues to make pedestrian access improvements as recommended in the study including the construction of their section of the multi-use path between Route 83 and 127th Street in 2019.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$160,000
Local
$40,000
Last Updated 05.18.2021
+ 2013 River Grove Thatcher Avenue TOD Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan River Grove $75,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project developed a transit-oriented master plan for 2.16 acres of land located immediately adjacent to the Village's Metra station, building off recommendations in the Grand Avenue Village Center Plan completed in 2006. The plan also includes a market assessment of market-supportable densities and transit-supportive uses appropriate for this site and conceptual ideas for various other opportunity sites throughout the TOD area.

Current Activities

The plan was adopted on June 5, 2014 and the Village plans to immediately focus on implementation. To continue support of their efforts, the RTA has selected the Village as part of the 2015 Community Planning Program. The RTA, in conjunction with ULI will convene a panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice to Village staff and elected officials on ways to attract investment in the TOD area. This discussion took place on November 18, 2015 and a summary of this discussion will be posted shortly.

In October of 2017, River Grove's Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to approve a multi-family apartment development located near the River Grove Metra station at 8645 W. Grand Ave. The project consists of 48 total units spread across four buildings, with 51 parking spaces.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$60,000
Local
$15,000
Last Updated 10.10.2017