Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hanover Park gets advice on revamping Irving Park Road corridor

Daily Herald, 1/26/13 – The struggling Irving Park Road corridor in Hanover Park faces a unique set of challenges. Vacancy, turnover and tax rates are high, while the commercial stock is overabundant and aging. Established retail destinations such as Schaumburg lead many village residents to do their shopping elsewhere. That’s why officials are welcoming a recent Urban Land Institute Chicago report with recommendations aimed at offering a vision and strategy to revitalize the two-mile stretch between Astor Avenue and Wise Road. Read Full Article Review the Irving Park Road Corridor … Read More

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Game Changing Infrastructure on the Move: Elgin-O’Hare Bypass Approved

Highlighted as one of 22 ‘Game Changing’ infrastructure projects by the ULI Chicago Infrastructure Initiative, the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass has secured federal approval and will move to construction in Spring 2013. The Bypass project, coupled with expanded capacity and modernization at O’Hare, will have catalytic development potential and land use implications for the corridors and communities west of O’Hare. Attend the ULI Chicago Airport Program on February 8th to learn more Read Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project clears last federal hurdle, Crain’s, 1/23/13 Read U.S. Department of Transportation Gives Final Approval for … Read More

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ULI Chicago A Force in Land Bank Formation, 1/16/13 – The Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance to create the Cook County Land Bank Authority today, making it the most populous county in the United States to establish the innovative planning tool. Establishing the Cook County Land Bank Authority does not require State of Illinois action, because the powers enumerated are already established in existing State statutes regarding home-rule authority. Read Full Article Review the ULI Chicago Cook County Land Bank TAP Report See additional coverage on the proposed Land Bank

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Cook County Land Bank Ordinance up for Approval

ULI Chicago released their Cook County Land Bank TAP report last month which has informed discussions around the proposed countywide land bank.  Panel member, Will Towns, The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, provided expert testimony before the Cook County Finance Committee today on behalf of ULI Chicago referencing the TAP report recommendations.  After additional testimony from many supporters, the land bank ordinance was approved by the Committee and is now set to go before the Cook County Board for a vote tomorrow. Listen to an interview with Cook County … Read More

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ULI Releases Governors Advisory Panel Report For the Redevelopment of Chicago’s Iconic Wilson Station

ULI PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON (January 10, 2013) – The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Wilson Station in Uptown Chicago has tremendous potential for attracting developers and business investors, according to widely renowned land use experts from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). This week, ULI released the written report of the ULI Governors Advisory Panel it conducted in 2012. The report outlines a series of both physical improvements and programmatic suggestions to help CTA work through the myriad of development and neighborhood issues facing the Wilson Station area. The panel laid out … Read More

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New ULI Publication Examines Creative Use And Adaptation Of Infrastructure To Support Compact Development

ULI PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON (December 18, 2012) – Successful strategies for creatively using and adapting infrastructure to support more dense development in America’s suburbs are highlighted in Shifting Suburbs: Reinventing Infrastructure for Compact Development, a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The report focuses on the growing trend for suburbs to be redesigned and redeveloped to be more people-oriented than car-dependent, offering more options for walking, cycling or using public transit to get from one place to another. With the U.S. population anticipated to grow by 95 million … Read More

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TAP UPDATE: Joliet Correctional Center Redevelopment TAP, Joliet, IL – December 2012

ULI Chicago reconvened a subset of members from the Joliet TAP, representatives from the City of Joliet, and TAP partner CMAP to assess implementation of the panel recommendations. Steady progress is being made by the City to reactivate the 120 acre Prison East site for recreational use- including successful partnerships with CN Railroad on a road realignment and continuing discussions with the Joliet Park District and Will County Forest Preserve to program the site. The City continues to work with US Steel and IEPA on remediating and preparing the former … Read More

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National Trust for Historic Preservation and Urban Land Institute Partner to Promote Building Reuse

NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION PRESS RELEASE (November 28, 2012) – The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today announced a new research partnership designed to advance the preservation and reuse of older and historic buildings in major U.S. cities. Focusing initially on the City of Los Angeles, the two organizations will identify the most common obstacles to building reuse and develop a set of solutions for how to overcome them. The research will be led by the National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab, a sustainability think … Read More

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