Monday, May 13, 2013
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.
Monday, May 13
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…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A fundraiser with music, beer and root beer and baked goods will be held in front of Lake Bluff's Village Green on Friday to celebrate the life of business owner and community advocate Richard Bentsen, who passed away May 2.
The life of Lake Bluff business owner Richard Bentsen will be celebrated at a fundraiser for the family from 5-8 p.m. Friday in front of the Lake Bluff Brewing Company and the Village Green on Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff. Scranton Avenue will be closed for this event. Bentsen, owner of the Noodle Bar, who passed away May 2 at age 54. He is survived by his wife, Alexis, and his children, Tyler, Lana and Tate. Bentsen was an avid supporter of the Village of Lake Bluff and had a keen interest in the schools, community needs and the commercial development of the downtown. Musical Celebration: Fundraiser: For those who can't make it, but would still like to help, donations can be made to The Bentsen Children Trust C/O Bank of America 780 N. …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Plaza space, a sculpture and bike paths have been included in a modified plan by petitioners of a new Target store in Lake Bluff. A public hearing continues May 15.
Plans for a Lake Bluff Target store continue to move forward. Modifications to those plans were discussed during a recent public hearing of the Lake Bluff Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Some of the changes reflect the addition of a plaza space, a sculpture by a local artist, more pedestrian walkways and bike paths, a smaller parking lot, LEED certification, and three exit lanes, reported the Chicago Tribune. Target plans to build a 139,000 square-foot store on 14 acres 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. At the April 17 public hearing, some residents voiced concerns …
Friday, March 29, 2013
In 2012, Lake Forest homes sold for 16.7 percent less than they did in 2011, Chicago Magazine reports.
Home sale prices in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff have dropped, according to a recent Chicago Magazine article. The article profiled what homes cost in several suburbs and Chicago neighborhoods. Though home sale prices are down in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, prices are up in neighboring Deerfield, Highland Park and Northbrook. The magazine’s data shows the median sale price for a Lake Forest home in 2012 was $700,000, down 16.7 percent from 2011, and 28 percent since 2006. There were 240 home sales last year in Lake Forest, with homes staying on the market an average of 240 days, the magazine reports. The median sale price for a Lake Bluff home in 2012 was $406,000, down 5.3 percent from 2011, and 33.9 percent since 2006. There were 112 Lake …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Lake Bluff planning and zoning boards will continue review of zoning regulations for a major redevelopment project that includes a proposal for a Target store.
Discussion of the new Target store proposed for Lake Bluff will continue at two upcoming meetings of the Joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA). Zoning regulations for the establishment of a planned commercial development for the former Shepard Chevrolet property at 930 Carriage Park Ave., near Route 176 and Waukegan Road, will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Target is proposing a 139,000 square-foot store on 14 acres within this major redevelopment project, which also calls for a 4,200 square-foot bank and 6,800 square feet for other retail tenants. Site development review for Target, including results of a traffic study, will continue at the April 17 PCZBA meeting. The closest store to Lake Bluff, a Super …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
An anticipated reduction in sales tax revenue means a smaller 2013-14 budget for the Village of Lake Bluff.
Wednesday, March 13
The Village of Lake Bluff is expected to take a final vote on its budget for 2013-14 at the March 25 meeting. The tentative budget received preliminary approval at a public hearing on Monday, according to the village. The proposed $12.9 million budget is 7.7 percent lower than last year's budget of $13.8 million due to declining sales tax revenue, which is expected to fall 11 percent, and fewer grant opportunities, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education meets Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Monday, February 25
The regular meeting of the Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 the Lake Bluff Village Hall. The agenda includes taking action on a resolution creating a committee to explore shared services between Lake Bluff School District 65, the Village of Lake Bluff and the Lake Bluff Park District; an update on the Strategic Plan; action on the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school calendars; and approval of the 2013-14 certified staffing plan.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women will host Lake Forest-Lake Bluff candidate debates March 3rd and 10th.
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff candidates in the April 9 consolidated election will participate in two candidate debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women (AAUW) on March 3 and March 10. Sunday, March 3, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff Candidates: Sunday, March 10, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lake Forest Library - Children's room, basement, 360 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest Candidates: For those who cannot attend, the debates will be videotaped and shown on LFTV channel 17 or 19, the League website www.lwv-lflb.org, and YouTube, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Target eyes the Village of Lake Bluff for a new store.
Target is aiming to become the Village of Lake Bluff's first true big box store as part of a major redevelopment of the former Shepard Chevrolet property at 930 Carriage Lane, near Route 176 and Waukegan Road. A zoning application, which McVickers/Oxford Real Estate Equities presented to the village late last month, includes plans for a 139,000 square-foot Target store on 14 acres, reported the Chicago Tribune. The application will be reviewed by the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals on Feb. 20. "There's certainly a high level of interest in it," Trustee Kathleen O'Hara told the Tribune. "We've never had this big of a store in Lake Bluff." The closest store to Lake Bluff, a Super Target, is located at 313 E. Townline Road in …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Letter outlines June 7 workshop to examine school-family-community partnerships.