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Lake Zurich Shapes Plan for Downtown Redevelopment

Lake Zurich village board trustees on Monday approved a strategic planning summary report, which points to downtown redevelopment and infrastructure improvements as priorities of a proposed five-year strategic plan, according to the Daily Herald. 

The report states the downtown area should be transformed into a regional destination while still offering "small, niche shops and restaurants," and building heights should not be higher than three stories, according to the article.

In addressing ways to up revenue, the report states that increases in fees and taxes could be a possibility, according to the Daily Herald. 

Read more on the Daily Herald.
Jodie January 11, 2014 at 01:15 AM
There really isn't much room to do anything to the downtown. I really doubt any developer will waste their time and money. I would be surprised to see anything worthwhile show up there.
JT January 11, 2014 at 01:37 AM
I believe the village raised quite a bit of money (our tax dollars) to jump start the renovation of the downtown area. Their idea was to have a downtown area like Palatine and Arlington Heights, I don't see it happening.because they are missing one main factor a train running through downtown....
Jodie January 11, 2014 at 02:55 AM
The village needs to bulldoze the downtown and literally start all over if they want to attract people. It's really not appealing at all. Sorry but Downtown Lz is nowhere near the size of Wauconda or Arlington Heights. Where is there room to put anything? The old Jj Twiggs? On the corner?? Bulldoze and start over!
JT January 11, 2014 at 03:30 AM
I agree totally with you Jodie, I think those strip malls need a lot of remodeling and updating also. They need to make it appealing for people to go there, half the people that might just drive through Lake Zurich to go home or to work probably don't even know what's in there to even stop. At least if it was appealing like Deer Park mall you would have people that would stop in and walk around and check it out. We have had K-Mart that's been closed for years, now Dominick's is closed for how long is any body's guess. Then the mall south of 22 MC Sporting goods store couldn't get their lease renewed so now that will be empty for how long. Then you have Omega that's been closed for years I don't think it couldn't handle the construction on rand and 22 that made them shut down. I think they need a Greek restaraunt with a variety for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. Then they have another lot across the street from where Omega was next to that strip mall. They should continue that strip mall and have it come around the corner which would make it possible for people to pull in going North bound on Rand Rd, I'm not sure if you can pull in going east on 22 but at least you would be able to get in going North bound along with going west bound on 22. I think that would help that mall on the North East corner along with giving it a better excess.....
Jodie January 14, 2014 at 01:45 AM
Lake Zurich has a lot of problems right now with vacant properties etc. but it is still a lot better living here now then it was 31 years ago when we didn't have much of anything here. What we do have is people that want to make it a great place to live and work and shop. The new Mayor seems to want to fix the downtown area so we can only hope that he can make it happen.

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