2021 July/August Newsletter
The Village is hosting an Open House at the Park Center on August 12 from 7-9 pm to allow residents to comment on the Downtown Development District Code. If you have thoughts about what you’d like to see in new developments within our Downtown, Thursday’s Open House is an excellent chance to do so (see details in Glenview Connect article below).
FDG put our heads together and developed this point of view about downtown development:
As an independent citizens’ group that exists solely to support the downtown business district, we have watched with great interest as the board has examined the various proposals for change downtown. Our members have participated in each step of the process and will continue to engage with the board and consultants as the process evolves.
A downtown is more than a collection of buildings. Downtowns are where the community can gather to share common interests and celebrations. Downtowns reflect the character and ambitions of the community. A great downtown supports the Village with successful businesses and amenities for residents. Glenview already offers diverse neighborhoods – and a more activated, vibrant downtown completes the picture.
The Glenview Connect process has been intensive and covered a wide range of considerations from desired density and building heights to community costs and financial participation. Friends of Downtown Glenview endorses a balanced approach that provides sufficient incentives to create change at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer. As an organization, our main focus is support for the downtown businesses and events for the community.
To these ends, we would like to emphasize the following:
- We endorse the concept that the Downtown must be treated as a single entity. The district has its own unique challenges and opportunities. Past efforts have focused on regulation and zoning in the hope that market forces would be enough. A focused, proactive approach is needed to spark change
- To facilitate a more coordinated approach, we encourage the Village to create a position of Development and Marketing Advisor within the Village government to coordinate marketing efforts, fast track event approvals, and conduct outreach for business development.
- As suggested in the Development Blueprint, the Village should enter into a formal association with a not for profit partner to support marketing and events for the Downtown. The not for profit could be an existing entity such as Friends of Downtown Glenview or the Chamber of Commerce. Alternatively, the Village could create a department within Village government with the same purposes — or a “MainStreet” approach (used by other successful downtowns).
- In addition to the larger scope actions being considered, we ask the Village to implement simple immediately actionable ideas such as facade improvement programs and design grants.
We are greatly encouraged by the Glenview Connect process and are grateful for the opportunity to provide input in a meaningful way.
Blocktoberfest Returns Oct. 2!
After a wildly successful first event in 2019, Downtown Glenview will once again celebrate the Fall season with fun for the whole family on Saturday, Oct. 2. Blocktoberfest is presented by Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Downtown Glenview and Ten-Ninety Brewing Co. as a way to bring the community together to celebrate all that Downtown Glenview has to offer. Blocktoberfest is sponsored by Glenview State Bank/Busey Bank, MacPherson Westhoff Group, Team Trux, Twelve Tone Music School and Lynch McPeek Wealth Management. More information coming soon about music, food and beverage options. See you there!
Share Your Opinions About Glenview at Aug. 12 Open House
Following the Village Board’s adoption of the Downtown Strategic Plan at the Tuesday, August 3 board meeting, the Village is taking the next step in the Glenview Connect process to update the Downtown Development District code based on the Plan’s recommendations. On Thursday, August 12, the Village will be hosting Public Open House #1 at the Park Center Lobby (2400 Chestnut Avenue) from 7-9 p.m. Your feedback at this event will help shape proposed zoning amendments to the Downtown Development District regulations which are scheduled to be reviewed at the Wednesday, August 25 New Development Commission (NDC) meeting.
If you missed the Thursday, July 22 orientation meeting, you can watch a video of the meeting and view the meeting presentation here. The presentation includes a Planning 101 explanation on “What is a Form-Based Code?” as well as an overview of the existing Downtown Development District codes. Stay connected and share your opinions at www.GlenviewConnect.com.
Friends of Downtown Glenview
Help Wanted: FDG is looking for energetic volunteers to help with various downtown initiatives including event coordinators. Please fill out this simple volunteer form and we will contact you to discuss how you can help.