400 Trees Would Be Cut in Plan Commission-Approved Whole Foods Proposal

The commission gave its OK Wednesday to the planned development at Route 60 and Saunders Road.

Over objections from residents, the Lake Forest Plan Commission Wednesday approved a proposal to build a Whole Foods at Route 60 and Saunders Road, which includes a plan to cut 400 trees to make way for the retail development, according to an article in the Lake Forester.

About 60 people attended the four-hour public hearing, the article says, many of whom spoke out against the proposal’s plan to cut trees, as well as what they believe will be traffic and drainage problems.

The developer said it plans to replace about 300 trees, according to an article in TribLocal, but that didn’t appease some of those who spoke out Wednesday.

The proposal for a 45,000-square-foot store within the 70,000-square-foot development now goes to the City Council, and would still need approval from the Building Review Board and the Historic Preservation Commission, the TribLocal article says.

You can read the full Lake Forester article here.

And you can read the full TribLocal story here.

Programmer Corner June 13, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Our budget is $85 million. $48 million is categorized under specific departments. $37 million is not. Why? Indeed, our CFO said $3 mil in "debt service payment" is not categorized, whereas I would certainly place it under "Finance", wouldn't you? But even if you wouldn't, what about the other $34 million? I think you would be VERY surprised at what you're buying. Relevance? Because ANY development should be about the money first. Why spend more, though, until we know what we're buying in the first place. The new budget is actually missing what the old budget used to have, a few pages of items. It's been removed. Why?
Me June 13, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Grocery stores generate almost zero sales tax revenue. If the city puts money in, it will never come back out.
Gary June 13, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Is the city putting money in?
Me June 13, 2014 at 07:41 PM
It depends on what is negotiated on roads, water, sewer, etc.
Programmer Corner June 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Should we ask Cathy Cerniak what the initial cost for taxpayers will be? And, how much tax revenue we could expect to receive? They might just want this to make LF a better place to live. So, happiness = higher desire to live here = more tax revenue. Then again, I'd be hesitant it our upfront cost will be $X million. Also, I wonder why no one seems to be questioning why we are not being told what the other $37 million is buying that is not itemized in the budget. Could be many millions in waste... Seems like it, from what I used to see in the old budget and the treasury reports. If anyone feels like asking Cerniak and posting it, I'd be much obliged. I've asked some question but had no luck. Indeed, I was kind of met with hostility from Kiely when I asked about a specific item.


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