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Comment #1: A sidewalk along the EAST side of Clarendon Hills Rd from 59th street to 55th street is badly needed. A LOT of people walk & jog along CH Road, and walk to the Country House restaurant. It’s very dangerous now with no sidewalk along this stretch of road.
Comment #2: I really like the results of the initial study draft and again want to thank the village board for putting emphasis on a project like this. If anything it helps pull the community together despite the known differences (schools, unincorporated sections, multi-unit prevalence, etc.). I appreciate the conceptual terms of ‘vibrant’, etc. with the vision of perhaps a more diverse, eclectic area S of 55th in CH that might not fit into the character as well in downtown CH. I, personally, am OK with mixed residential/retail options especially for the areas along 55th if the corresponding village revenues would be used for improvements to the areas S of 55th. It would be nice if we could make the CH unincorporated areas part of the village to make it easier to make services and projects (sidewalks, etc.) more cohesive and I would be willing to help out with this in discussing it with others. I think if approached with cost vs. benefits many people w ould be open to enhancing the community vs. simply avoiding tax. I definitely think the situation around Kruml Park (access to/from via public walkway) would be a big priority for me and there are several low cost options to help. Children on bicycles, etc. coming from the N to the S have no option but to cross Western safely which, as we know, is a through street. It is like a mini-294 – the posted speed limit means very little to regular commuters. I have seen several close calls in the few years I have lived here, have seen drivers pass other drivers for going the speed limit, etc. While I am realistic with regard to Western and its function I would like to see a designated cross walk with a flashing pedestrian right of way sign clearly marked. Low cost, high impact in my view. More expensive would be the continuity of sidewalks on both sides of Western. Regarding 55th & crossing, definitely a solution here would go a long way of integrating the neighborhoods. I realize pedestrian overpasses/underpasses are unlikely given they are cost prohibitive but if there are foot accessible services (stores, restaurants, etc.) S of 55th perhaps the community would be more interested in something like this. Nothing can be done with schools and integrating incorporated CH areas S of 55th from what I am told so I will not touch on that topic especially since many S of 55th send their children to alternative, private schools. Anyway, thanks for the effort, I like want to conclude with I appreciate the statements regarding all future ‘village’ planning should include the areas S of 55th as well. There are other benefits to unincorporated areas as well that might not be as widely known (flexibility w/regard to property use and division that you cannot get with the county, etc.) that might be used in some cases to justify annexation for certain property owners.
Comment #3: I would like to see a crosswalk at Kruml Park for children to cross Western Ave. safely.
Comment #4: I grew-up on 56th street just West of Western Ave. Our back yard was next to the Kruml’s…where the park is now. I attended Holmes Grade School, Mearcker Jr High & Hinsdale Central High School. I lived in Du Page county after college before buying a house on Bentley Ave in 1997. So I have lived in sub-area the majority of my life. I would say the number one area of interest will be the city water. Growing up & still dealing with all the iron in the well water is challenging. It’s difficult to keep cloths white & have to buy drinking water. I do like the idea of keeping the “rural-look” which I would assume means no side walks. I do feel however that the roads need to be better maintained. It seems like Downers Grove Township comes out only when the roads are failing. There’s a lot of patching, etc. Also like what I hear about the wetland areas. They are unique to the area & should be kept & maintained. I’m kind of curious on thoughts about the path that leads from where 56th street ends at Tennessee & Alabama between Clarendon Hills Road? I’ve always thought it a bit strange that it’s been the same walking path as long as it has. Looking forward to hearing about future plans. I would like to be involved in any way I can.
Comment #5: We need a better water source. Buy a TDS water tester and test the tap water. it ranges from 800-900 mg/liter which is rated as poor. I installed a 4 stage water filter under the sink and that reduces it to 600-700 mg/liter which puts it as fair. As a result, I am forced to buy water to ensure my family has clean water to drink. The water main has broke at least 3 times this past year.
Comment #6: 1. Continue the sidewalk on Clarendon Hills Rd that starts in Willowbrook on 63rd St all the way to 55th St. This will allow for a pedestrian friendly street that doesn’t stop in Willowbrook! 2. Transform the swamp/wetland on Clarendon Hills Rd and 57th St to a public green space/pond/dog park. 3. Fix the drainage issue on the intersection of Clarendon Hills Rd and 57th St, as this is a public safety hazard for drivers and a mosquito haven during the summer. 4. 58th St has to be widened, as it can only handle a vehicle each way unless the soft shoulder is used. 5. Have a referendum to see whether residents will allow re-zoning on parts of Holmes St south of 55th St by Jewel, for stand-alone coffee shops, antiques stores and even small restaurants, to encourage foot traffic and hopefully increase tax revenue to help pay for the improvements planned in the area. 6. Find a balance between development costs and raising tax revenue to pay for it. Having the residents in the affected areas carry the full burden of development without any offset from additional tax revenue from commercial development is not very appealing.