Trustees Vote to Finalize Sale of Bess Site – June 2018
Earlier this month, the Village released the chosen concept plan for a 5-story, mixed-use residential building for the Bess site. The concept building will primarily consist of: over 70 residential rental units, each with designated interior parking spaces on the first floor, a second floor green open area for building residents and one 718 sq.ft retail space on the first floor.
On June 19, 2018 the Village Board voted to proceed with the contract for sale to the Drake Group that proposed the concept building. While the meeting had surprising moments, FDG believes that the actual outcome gives us five reasons to be positive about Downtown redevelopment:
After eight years of vacancy, the process to improve the Bess site has officially begun. And while some disagree about the planned site, we can all agree that the emptiness of the site has been a stigma for our town.
The proposed development will increase needed foot traffic to current and future Downtown retail and restaurant sites.
The $1M earmarked for parking – while unexpected – will help Glenview attract new businesses to fill vacant commercial space along Glenview Rd.
The developer, the Drake Group, is a trusted member of the community. FDG will continue our dialogue with the Drake Group and the Village to pursue ground level changes that will benefit the public, including streetscape and mixed-use improvements.
For those who have doubts, we urge you to stay involved during the planning, appearance and zoning process over the next 1-2 years. FDG is committed to helping residents share feedback through our team of design and development experts. While the sale may be final, there is still time to negotiate site details.
A final word: FDG is not a political group. Our goal is to harness the energy of residents around Downtown redevelopment even though we will not have common ground on every issue. We appreciate your constructive input about the Bess site and other matters about Downtown. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org