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Update: Proposed Lake Bluff Target Approved for Tax Incentives

Despite concerns over increased traffic and aesthetics, plans for Lake Bluff's first big-box store recently received a favorable recommendation from the joint planning and zoning board.

Update, Tuesday, 7:40 p.m.

The Lake Bluff Village Board approved a sales tax rebate of 50 percent for the proposed Target store on Monday, reported the Chicago Tribune. Through a 10-year agreement, Target could collect up to $4.2 million in tax rebates. Should the store close in its first five years, those rebates would have to be repaid to the village.

Earlier

The proposal for a Target store in Lake Bluff cleared another hurdle as the joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4 to 1 at a May 7 public hearing to recommend village board approval, reported the Lake Forester.

The Architectural Board of Review is scheduled to consider the proposed site plan and building design on June 4, according to the village.

Target Stores, Inc. and McVickers Development, LLC, propose to build a at the former Shepard Chevrolet property at 930 Carriage Park Ave., near Route 176 and Waukegan Road. The major redevelopment project also calls for a bank along with retail and restaurant tenants.

Traffic safety, signage and how a Target fits into the character of Lake Bluff remain concerns for village officials and residents alike, reported the Lake Forester.

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Target Store at the Center of Proposed Redevelopment in Lake Bluff

Ann May 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Bravo to the Lake Bluff P&Z to take fiscally responsible action unlike the Costco fiasco, LB will be able to see the benefit of a revenue source that our municipalities truly need to balance future budgets.
Florence F. Mauro May 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Finally great revenue for the community!
anonymous May 14, 2013 at 04:58 PM
C'mon Lake Bluff - fight this monster. 176 traffic is already bad - and, do we really want a Target anchored STRIP MALL in Lake Bluff?
Franklin Ettinger May 14, 2013 at 05:18 PM
How is this worse than a Dominick's anchored strip mall? If they think they can do business, let em give it a go.
Carl Castrogiovanni May 14, 2013 at 05:24 PM
176 traffic is bad because of the combination of the railroad tracks and traffic llights at the 176/41 interchange and because 176 chokes down to 2 lanes from 4 in places. The planned new 41/176 interchange should alleviate much of that. The target would occupy a currently abandoned industrial complex, and I personally would love more shopping options than always having to truck over to the Townline Rd./Milwaukee Ave. "strip mall explosion"...
Scott Ellis May 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM
My biggest worry is he bike path. If they put an entrance that goes across the bike path, it will be terrible because there will be so much traffic going across it. And yes, Dominick's is bad too- I have been nearly hit riding through there many times. Drivers just don't look. Target will have ten times the traffic the Dominick's lot has. I would love to see a bridge in this design...that will keep the bikers safe and because nobody will go to Dominick's anymore, it will also improve safety at the Dominick's intersection.

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