New Plans for Avon Property Proceeding

Development would include a Mariano's Fresh Market, a bank, residential units and more

Plans to develop the old Avon property with a grocery store, apartments and several other retail businesses are in the works.

Glenview officials entered into an agreement this month that would help fund infrastructure improvements for the property.

Trustees agreed to a memorandum of understanding, granting the developer up to $3.5 million in TIF funds for the property that would pay for traffic improvements surrounding the property, where the Avon distribution center closed in 2010.

As proposed, a Mariano’s Fresh Market would anchor the property. It would also include 30,000 square feet of additional retail space, including a bank on the south end of the property. This is the second proposal for a grocery store approved by village officials this month. They also approved plans to bring a Heinen’s to downtown Glenview.

The north end of the Avon property would be home to a residential rental project, with approximately 238 units, and a three-story high building.

The east side, which is adjacent to the Metra tracks, would include 49 new parking spaces for Jennings Chevrolet and Volkswagen employees.

The plans also call for improvements to nearby sidewalks and roadways.

In 2011, Regency development brought forward a plan for the property, which nearby residents objected to. In the plan, the primary access to the property was a signalized intersection already in use on Overlook Drive. Residents felt that would increase traffic in the area.

Village officials tabled the plan, and have been working for the past several months to develop a new project.

The new plan would have a mid-block signalized intersection so the main access to the property would be at a new signal between Golf and Overlook. There also would be dual left turns added at Golf and Waukegan

The TIF district would help support these improvements up to $3.5 million. The developer will not have access to the TIF funds until the project is built. The funds would come from money generated through the property.

“This does not involve using current funds or revenues of the village,” Village Trustee Paul Detlefs said at the most recent village board meeting. “It would be funds generated from the project to fund it.

“It’s not taking money out of current village operations or revenues or balances,” he said.

The plans still need to proceed through the village’s plan commission and to the village board again before they get final approval.

However, excitement is building at the prospect of redeveloping this area in Glenview, officials said.

“The public eagerly has anticipated improvements to downtown and certainly looking at the Avon development was an important piece,” Village President Kerry Cummings said. 

chris December 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
So the village convinces Jeff Heinen to plunk down twelve million dollars to build a grocery store at the Dominick's site and then brings a competitor in for the spot right down the road? With TIF funds no less? Mr. Heinen, do yourself a favor and run, don't walk away from dirty dealing Glenview.
James December 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I'm so happy the village is concentrating on dowtown glenview. However, do we need all these grocery stroes?
Tom Kloempken December 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am glad to hear that something is possibly going to happen with this property! What happen to the McGrath dealership which was originally thinking of taking part of the site with Mariano's? I hope Glenview is not going to lose them to Morton Grove since I understand they need a bigger site than they now have.
NHL December 25, 2012 at 06:10 AM
welp, morton grove lost ABT to glenview.... it goes both ways.....
Kavan Sidhu January 16, 2013 at 01:04 AM
So anyone know when avon will finally be torn down and they're going to start. I drove by a few weeks ago and it was stil there.


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