Daily Northshore | Article by Emily Spectre
WINNETKA – Lead consultants Teska Associates recently released vision statements for each of Winnetka’s three downtown business districts. “The vision statements celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall objectives for each district as we look ahead into the future,” said Erin Cigliano, a senior associate and media specialist for Teska.
Teska’s approach to developing a master plan that can be used 20 years into the future is really community based. “The more input we get the more we are hitting the right points with the redevelopment considerations,” Cigliano said.
Teska will introduce its ideas for redevelopment of key sites at a steering committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 29. The steering committee, which comprises a mix of people such as long-term residents, active community members and realtors, will provide Teska with feedback. “It’s a really dynamic mix of those who understand the past and those who are visionaries for the future,” Cigliano said.
Cigliano encourages residents to get involved. “If people feel they aren’t a part of the process it is never too late,” she said. All of the steering committee meetings are open to the public with opportunity for public comment at the end of the meetings. Residents can also provide feedback on the project website.
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Thanks to all the great feedback received to date on Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan, ‘Vision Statements’ for each of the three business districts have been finalized!
The verbiage and concepts included in the succinct, one-paragraph statements below, were drawn directly from the comments and ideas shared via the project’s outreach components; i.e. the project website, idea chalkboards, public workshop, focus groups, steering committee meetings, Village Council workshop, and working groups.
The December 16th, 2015 Steering Committee meeting and January 25th, 2016 Open House and Steering Committee meeting provided the opportunity to present final drafts of the statements and work together, with both residents, stakeholders and members of the Steering Committee, to further discuss, refine and prioritize the fundamental elements unique to each district.
The ‘Vision Statements’ that follow celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall objectives for each district as we look ahead into the future. They represent what Winnetka’s business districts desire to become, not where they are today. Moving forward, these statements will serve as the foundation of the Winnetka Downtown Master Plan, helping guide and direct each district to realize their vision. Have ideas on how the vision statements can/should be implemented? Visit the ‘Idea Zone‘ to share your thoughts — be specific!
Sharing is caring! Come on out on Monday, November 16th to share ideas and feedback on Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan. Teska Associates, project consultants, will be hosting a Public Workshop to develop a community vision for the business districts. Complimentary water, tea, and coffee will be provided.
The event will be held at North Shore Country Day School (Upper School) on Monday, November 16 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
North Shore Country Day is located at 310 Green Bay Road. Participants should enter from Green Bay and park in the lot closest to the Upper School main doors.
The Public Workshop is one of many opportunities to get involved with this high priority project for the Village of Winnetka. Come share your ideas about how to improve the Elm Street, Hubbard Woods, and Indian Hill business districts. If you are unable to make it please share feedback at anytime via the ‘Idea Zone‘ page on the website.
You said it! Kick-Off Meeting Starts Discussion on Winnetka’s Business Districts
The kick-off meeting for Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan was held the evening of October 12th at the Winnetka Community House. Steering Committee members and Working Groups gathered from 6-9pm with the consultant team and started the night by venturing out on walking tours through downtown. Participants stopped at different points along the way to discuss opportunities and general feedback unique to each vantage point and area. After the walking tours, individuals reconvened at the Winnetka Community House, and sat down in groups to consider the top issues, opportunities and priorities facing each of the three business districts. The three discussion questions and an overview of overall themes are listed below; click here to view a detailed summary.
- What are the Greatest Assets of Elm Street District?
- Attractive architecture, charm, appearance, scale
- Variety and mix of retailers and unique merchants
- Access and walkability
- Post Office Site
2. What are the Greatest Challenges Facing Hubbard Woods?
- Parking and traffic along Green Bay
- Lack of cohesion / mix of uses
3. What are the Greatest Needs of Indian Hill?
- Lack of identity
- Address high school population
- Safety and connectivity of street crossings at Green Bay and Winnetka
Fall weather calls for walking tours of Winnetka!
- Take a Guided Walking Tour – As part of the kick-off meeting for the Winnetka Downtown Master Plan on October 12th, the steering committee and working groups took a walking tour of the Downtown Business Districts – Elm Street, Hubbard Woods, and Indian Hill. We stopped at different points along the way, asked questions, and discussed opportunities. Now it’s your turn — download and print the walking tour guide and tell us what you think! Submit feedback and upload photos via the “Idea Zone” page. Don’t have time for all three districts? No sweat. Click the individual links below to view and print each district’s tour.