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Downtown North Implementation Plan

Presented by Farr Associates and the Village of Mundelein

The Village of Mundelein Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Farr Associates to provide a second phase of master planning in the Downtown area. The study area, known as Downtown North, is shown below. This project will lay the groundwork for a decade or more of sustained development activity in and around the Downtown.

Boundary Map

The starting vision for the project is a vibrant mixed-use place featuring new housing, restaurants, and amenities. This work also builds on the property acquisition already undertaken by the Village in the study area. Using the Comprehensive Plan of 2011 and the Downtown Master Redevelopment Implementation Plan of 2012 as building blocks, the Village is developing a detailed subarea plan for the area north of Hawley Street. Farr Associates, the team who authored the Downtown Master Redevelopment Implementation Plan, has been engaged and developed a scope of services to assist the Village with short and long-term planning for the Downtown.

The Downtown North Implementation Plan will address topics and issues for the Downtown North Subarea, including but not limited to:

  • Future land uses
  • Business development and market changes
  • Adaptive building reuse
  • Public spaces
  • Creating vibrancy
  • Walkability
  • Parking
  • Bike trail and bike facilities
  • Pedestrian overpass connecting the east and west side of the railroad tracks
  • Location for a performing arts center

The scope of this project is important on a multitude of levels. Foremost, as negotiations progress with potential developers, it is necessary to be able to visualize all the components of a development. Clear visions lead to smoother entitlement and permitting processes for development. The closer the redevelopment site is to “shovel-ready”, the greater the potential is to attract end-users, encourage private investment, and develop an effective marketing strategy.

Final Community Open House - Summary and Documents

The second and final Community Open House for the Downtown North Implementation Plan was held on January 24, 2017 at the Village Hall. The following documents were presented at the meeting and are made available for review and comment.

First Community Open House Summary and Documents

The public open house regarding the Downtown North Implementation Plan was held on September 20, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.