Visions for Vacancies: 930 Carriage Lane, Lake Bluff

What do you think should replace the former Shepard Chevrolet?


At Wednesday's luncheon at , President Christine Letchinger was asked for an update on the property that formerly housed Shepard Chevrolet.

The property, which is located behind the Carriage Shopping Center at the corner of Waukegan Road and Route 176, has been vacant since November 2011 after selling its franchise to Semersky Enterprises, which operated the Saab Exchange at 1 Sherwood Terrace.

they have had "a couple of nibbles" on the property, but nothing substantial to report.

What business do you think should go into the space?

Another car dealership? A restaurant? A clothing store? What is sorely lacking in the business district.

Tell us in the comments section.

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LMS July 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM
A mall. We have to drive to Vernon Hills or other towns to shop.
Rick Lesser July 16, 2012 at 01:28 AM
LMS is right, but the mall does not necessarilly need us. At least no mall developer has shown any interest in us in the past.
Richard Hertz July 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I read in the Lake Forester and agree with Rick that Shaqbark would go through to the industrial park I heard that there plans for a cloverleaf and entrance onto 41 going south would be put there. I also remember that some company that does X-rays or scans was looking at that property, but NLFH refused to be put there. (Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital)
Rick Lesser July 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
With regard to the interchange with US41, at that same meeting Village Prez Letchinger estimated that the cost of a diamond (not a cloverleaf) style interchange would be $22,000,000. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen in the current environment.
Vincent Shay October 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
This property has been vacant for nearly a year and looks it. I believe the limited traffic capacity on highway 176 will discourage any big box store. The situation has become worse with the Canadian Pacific rail traffic increase. Also, the access to Highway 41 is archaic, dangerous, and primitive. It is simply inconvenient to travel to the Sheppard property. There are not enough consumers in LB-LF to support a big box store. Highland Park and Deerfield already have excellent shopping. What will cause consumers living west of the Tollway to fight the traffic on 176 to visit a store on the Sheppard site. One possibility is a major North Shore medical building consolidating the hodgepodge of offices inside the industrial park. That might make North Shore more competitive with the new NorthWestern Lake Forest complex. Another possibility is a full size Dominick's. The current store occupies a former Treasure Island site and leaves a lot to be desired in comparison to Sunset, Marianos, and Jewel. Finally some expansion of the Knauz facility would be a good fit assuming they need the space.


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