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Study Description

This project created a transit-oriented development plan for an approximate mile radius of the Highwood Metra Station, which is also served by Pace Route 472. The plan developed strategies to increase residential and commercial densities and add new business that will improve transit ridership.

 
Status
Status:Completed
Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2013
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:City of Highwood
Current Activities:The Downtown Projects Guide has been finalized and was adopted by the City Council on September 2014. The City of Highwood was selected by the RTA as part of the 2015 Community Planning Program to receive assistance updating their TOD area zoning regulations. This project began in May 2015 and the city is currently reviewing a draft of potential code revisions.

In 2015, the City of Highwood approved a redevelopment proposal for the former Hotel Moraine site to construct 103 units of senior housing with a grocery store on the ground level. The project is currently under construction.

In spring 2018 the City announced a new residential project that adds 14 townhomes on property between Webster and Clay Avenues, located roughly two blocks from the Highwood Metra station. Plan implementation has continued with the approval of two multi-family developments on currently vacant lots, located on Green Bay Road. The proposals passed the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council in fall of 2016.

On September 20th 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a proposal for a mixed-use building with 52 apartments, 2,800 square feet of retail space and 56 parking spaces at 440 Green Bay Road. The City acquired this property in 2012 and demolished the former restaurant building on it. It was sold to a developer two years ago and TIF funds have been promised to help with development costs. The proposal will next go to the City Council for approval.
Information Updated:June 2018
 
Funding
SourceInitial PlanTOD Zoning Code UpdateTotal
RTA$100,000.00$4,000.00$104,000
Local$25,000.00$0.00$25,000
Federal$0.00$16,000.00$16,000
Total$125,000.00$20,000.00$145,000
 
Study Documents
Highwood Downtown Project Guidebook (September 2, 2014)
 
Related Studies
Highwood TOD Zoning Update (2015)
 
Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:Highwood (UP-N) accessible
 
Related Jurisdictions
Counties:Lake
Municipalities:Highland Park, Highwood
US Congressional Districts:10 Brad Schneider
Illinois Senate Districts:29 Julie A. Morrison
Illinois House Districts:58 Bob Morgan
County Board Districts:Lake 11
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:Lake
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