CIVIC CENTER - 535 DUANE ST. - GLEN ELLYN
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS COMMISSION MEETING
May 14, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. - ROOM 301 - THIRD FLOOR
The Streetscape and Utility Improvements Plans will be discussed further during tonight's Capital Improvements Commission meeting. The public is highly urged to attend.
The following topics are open for discussion.
- Construction Cost
- Construction Schedule
- Streetscape Elements and Renderings
- Lighting Improvements
- Tree Plan Update
- Materials Selection Process
- Online Public Input Summary/Ideas
The Presentations from our "Save Main" Rally on Saturday April 6th, 2019
Our Press Release for our "Save Main" Rally on Saturday April 6th, 2019
The Rally starts at 10 A.M. at 498 Hillside Ave in Glen Ellyn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Save Main Plans Rally this Saturday
Glen Ellyn group opposes the Apex 400 Development
Glen Ellyn, IL; April 3, 2019 — Save Main, a Glen Ellyn resident activist group opposing a large development in the heart of the downtown business district, will be hosting a rally this Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 498 Hillside Avenue.
“We believe the proposed Apex 400 development is a big and permanent mistake,” explains Mike Formento, a former Glen Ellyn Village President who will emcee the rally. “While our group is pro development and looks forward to the continued growth of our great town, we need responsible development.”
The Apex 400 is a five story complex which will encompass all of the existing Giesche building lot, the current Main Street parking lot and the Glenwood parking lot. If built it will stand 64 feet high and 323 feet wide — taller than 4 1/2 Fire and Wine buildings stacked atop one another and wider than the length of a football field — right at the entrance to the Main Street business district. This violates the village zoning code for height by 29% and for lot coverage by 54%.
“Glen Ellyn is a vibrant community with a distinctive small town character and close knit community,” says Brian Collie resident of Glen Ellyn and a planned speaker at the rally on Saturday. “Our success, really our competitive advantage, comes from balancing the promotion of economic growth while maintaining our historical small town charm; a massive development like this which overshadows the rest of Main Street will not only change the character of our town but threatens the very drivers of our economic success,” Collie continues.
A public survey was conducted in 2018 by Houseal Lavinge Associates, a community planning consultant, concluded that Glen Ellyn’s “distinct character is highly valued by residents and acts as a magnet for visitors and those considering moving to the area.” While the Giesche lot is now privately owned by GSP Development, the Main Street and Glenwood lots represent three quarters of the planned development and are village-owned. This land is valued at $4.6 MM.
“One of the great ironies of this development is that it is intended to attract Millennials to the town, says Robert Dieter, resident of Glen Ellyn and a planned speaker at the rally. “The belief is that we need to get bigger, change and modernize. But, we know that 95% of Millennials believe in historic preservation and strongly value authenticity. We should not be looking to change but rather evolve our town in a way that is innovative and encompasses our heritage,” Dieter goes on to say.
“One thing I’ve come to learn in working with this group is that we have world class talent right here in town,” says Barb Lemme, a business owner, resident and planned speaker at the rally.“ “My sincere hope is that the village board and staff and our residents can work much more collaboratively to help us meet future needs in a fresh and innovative way.”
Currently there are hundreds of “SAVE MAIN” yard signs throughout Glen Ellyn showing community support. Many residents signed a petition, others have donated to the cause and others have spoken out publicly in planning commission and village board meetings. “Our residents deserve to have a strong voice in something that represents a pivotal point in the future of our town, Formento says. “We hope to see lots of town members this Saturday morning.”
The Save Main Rally will take place Saturday, April 6 at 498 Hillside Avenue (Hillside just west of Main Street), from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. Please feel free to bring friends, neighbors, kids. There is a short speaker presentation planned at 10:30 a.m.
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