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Village of Gurnee Requests Assistance in Revitalizing East Grand Avenue Corridor

ULI Chicago members are in Gurnee for the next two days conducting a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) at the request of Village officials.  Panel members are focusing on the half mile stretch of East Grand Avenue between U.S. Route 41/Skokie Boulevard and Green Bay Road to determine revitalization strategies for the Corridor.  The west side of Grand Avenue in Gurnee is a well-known, and popular destination for shoppers and families with Gurnee Mills, Six Flags, and national retailers, and Village officials are looking to balance the scales. The eastern portion of the study area falls within neighboring Waukegan’s City limits, and they are participating in the TAP process as well. The 10-member, multi-disciplinary panel will be briefed by Gurnee and Waukegan officials, and will also tour the study area, conduct stakeholder interviews, and work together to develop strategies to create a unique identity for the study corridor and enhance its potential to serve the surrounding community.  Review Scope of Work

Thank you to our ULI experts who have volunteered their time and expertise to participate on the panel.

Janet Protas, Real Estate Development and Operations

Nancy Firfer, Senior Advisor, Metropolitan Planning Council
Sara Disney Haufe, Transportation Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Sarah Jacobson, Senior Associate, Gensler
Hide Kashima, Senior Program Director, Structured Development LLC
John Oharenko, Managing Director, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC
Alicia Ponce, Principal & Founder, APMonarch LLC
Kurtis Pozsgay, Urban Planner, Berwyn Development Corporation
Rich Wallach, Senior Director of Community Development, IFF
Christine Williams, Market Analyst & Founding Partner, Goodman Williams Group

The panel will host a public meeting and complete a final panel report in the next few months outlining recommendations.  Check back to catch up on panel developments.  Learn more about ULI Chicago’s Technical Assistance Services Program

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