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!
Thanks to all who contributed thoughts via the ‘Idea Chalkboards’ stations in Downtown Elm Street and Hubbard Woods. Due to the dropping temps and impending snow flurries, the boards were removed following the Thanksgiving weekend. Installed on October 23rd, the sharing stations were in place for over 5 weeks and the feedback was plentiful! Village officials took photos of the chalkboards daily and when full, wiped them clean for more thought bubbles to appear.
Relative to desires, the ideas reiterated the most demonstrate similar themes to the feedback relayed at the Public Workshop (held November 16th at North Shore Country Day) and the comments streaming through the project website. The primary themes are highlighted via the colorful ‘Wordles’ shown below. The larger the word the more times it was written – thus making it a priority. Also, please note although it is not reflected in the Wordle, let the record show that we too would LOVE to see Bill Murray in Downtown Winnetka, but that request may be slightly outside of our control.
Keep sharing ideas!
Visit the ‘Idea Zone’ to post and view the 30+ ideas submitted by fellow Winnetka residents and business owners — and stay tuned! Future workshops are planned in both February and March to discuss development of the post office site and other key properties.
Ideas and costumed-kiddies were a-plenty at Winnetka’s ‘Halloween on Ice’ event held this past Saturday, October 24th at the Winnetka Ice arena.
Teska Associates, project consultants for the Downtown Master Plan, set-up a booth to gather ideas and comments relative to Winnetka’s business districts – Downtown Elm Street, Hubbard Woods and Indian Hill. Participants had the chance to relay their thoughts by writing on chalkboards or posting written comments. At the end of the event both boards were filled with feedback. Thanks to all who came by to chat and provide comments on the Downtown Planning effort, and to the Winnetka Park District for letting us crash their party.
Stay tuned — more events are being planned! A public open house is planned for November 16th — details coming soon. In the meantime, continue to share your ideas via the ‘Idea Zone‘ and by using the chalkboards posted in Downtown (on the west side of Chestnut just south of the Elm intersection) and Hubbard Woods (on the east side of Green Bay Road just north of Gage Street).