Work on Winnetka’s ongoing streetscape project will proceed after village trustees approved the event of a design plan for the Hubbard Woods Business District.
The Village Council unanimously approved the agreement with Teska Associates during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
David Schoon, Winnetka’s community development director, said staff solicited a proposal from Teska since the group has already worked on numerous projects locally, including previous streetscape efforts within the East Elm Business District and Indian Hill Business District — the latter of which is in collaboration with the Village of Kenilworth.
The Hubbard Woods streetscape planning will even be done in collaboration with a neighboring community. Schoon said Glencoe will contribute $7,000 to the expected total cost of $50,825 of the plan’s development, as a part of the project will include property situated within the neighboring village.
Much of the expected work will happen along Green Bay Road, which is a state highway. Due to that, Schoon said Winnetka can be having two meetings with the Illinois Department of Transportation, “which discussions could include the potential general transfer of that portion of Green Bay Road that runs through the business district.”
Moreover, there will even be opportunities for public participation.
“Through the mixture of in-person and online activities, the proposed project scope of labor includes three opportunities for business owners and property owners of the district, in addition to community residents, to take part in the event of the concept design plans,” Schoon said.
In response to a matter from Trustee Rob Apatoff, Schoon said much of the design work will include adjustment of curb lines and changing traffic configuration patterns within the Hubbard Woods district.
Village Manager Rob Bahan said the chance to sit down down with IDOT can be a significant component of the project.
“Straight away, there’s nothing to have interaction them with, and we’d like concepts to have the opportunity to debate whether a jurisdictional transfer is viable or not,” he said. “And that would go a great distance toward funding the project as well, if there’s a change made.”
Trustees shared positive remarks in regards to the agreement.
“I’m excited to see this get underway,” Trustee Kim Handler said.
The Hubbard Woods project is an element of a series of improvements in Winnetka business districts. The village achieved five phases of the work within the Elm Street Business District, and now the project will proceed in Hubbard Woods later this 12 months.
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