What are the boundaries for the Plan?
A map was presented during the session that can be found on the Plan page. Notable areas within the project area include Jewel-Osco and the adjacent office buildings at 55th and Holmes; the Birches Senior Living Facility; Country House Restaurant (haunted); Tracy’s Tavern; the Reserves Townhome Community; Christian Church of Clarendon Hills; River of Live Church (across from the wetland area); and the Montessori schools between Virginia and Western.
How does this area identify with the Village north of 55th Street?
Although the area (including both incorporated and unincorporated areas) identifies as being in Clarendon Hills via its postal address, it is often observed that many of its residents and property owners are disenfranchised from Clarendon Hills. The project area is located within a different school district than parts of the Village north of 55th Street. Community engagement is a priority for this project. The Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, at Holmes and 58th St, has offered to host community meetings for the project.
What are some potential opportunities the Plan should consider?
The unimproved, Village-owned wetland area at 57th and Clarendon Hills Road may be an opportunity to create wetland banking and a new passive recreational open space. Although the Village park district has not recently expressed any interest in this area, the Village has yet to offer a plan to improve and use this area.
What type of housing is in the project area?
The project area includes diverse housing, some of which was developed before it was annexed into the village. The Village is unaware if there is, if any, subsidized housing located within this area.
What are some concerns or issues with existing infrastructure within the project?
Incomplete streets/stormwater management – Many of the streets within the unincorporated areas are incomplete and are not designed to manage area stormwater
Water systems- The Village recently completed a water service study for the area, with assistance provided by Ciorba. The report indicated that water system improvements will be required to support further development in the project area. Water main service extensions have been piecemeal leaving dead end water main and low pressure areas. The Village is concerned that when the private water system serving many of the homes in the unincorporated area fails, it is likely that the Village will be forced to provide municipal water to these customers.
What are the other agencies/services that the Plan should consider?
Although the unincorporated area is served by the Tristate Fire Protection District and the County Sheriff, the Village is regularly providing these services to this are. The Clarendon Hills Park District (and library district) matches the village’s boundaries. Sanitary sewer is managed by the Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District. The school districts serving the planning area are different than the districts serving properties north of 55th Street. The Village has boundary agreements with Villages of Westmont and Willowbrook.
How much base information is available via GIS?
The Village’s GIS system is in its infancy. The Village gets most of its mapping data from the County and its engineering consultants, all of which will be made available for this project.
What is the anticipated ratio of planning to engineer for this project?
70% planning to 30% engineering – a pure guestimate
What is the budget for this project?
The Village has $125,000 set aside for this project, although it should go without say, the Village plans to spend less than this allotted amount.
Does the Village want a pavement condition evaluation to be included in the study?
Other than a cursory review, a pavement evaluation is not necessary.