Neighbors of a proposed new megachurch and residential development at Shermer Road and West Lake Avenue say they are most concerned about the traffic it will generate.
Barrington-based Willow Creek Community Church and residential developer Edward R. James Partners purchased one of the last available Glenview Naval Air Station parcels from the village this spring, and a series of plan commission hearings began last week. At Tuesday's hearing, neighbors said traffic from the two new developments was their No. 1 concern.
“We do not feel that the infrastructure can support this number of cars,” said Michael Dean, president of the homeowners association for Regency at the Glen.
Willow Creek is planning to build a 75,000 square-foot facility at 2000 Shermer Rd. that will have capacity for 1,500 people per service, while Edward R. James is planning to build 172 new homes at 3000 West Lake Ave.
When Patch asked readers on Facebook whether they thought traffic would be an issue, reactions were mixed.
"I live a few minutes away, and the idea of all that traffic is terrible," wrote Megan Hartman. "They should stay on Waukegan."
"As a member of WCNS [Willow Creek North Shore] for over 7 years I am not worried in the least by traffic at the proposed new building," countered Helene Santoro. "WCNS currently has excellent traffic control procedures and no disruptions. WCNS is far from a "megachurch"."
"I am not happy about this!," posted Candace Witt. "I live right behind there and I already can't get to my house because of construction on Willow rd and Shermer being closed. Time to move out of Glenview!"