Monday, January 16, 2012
The city hopes to bring a development similar to the one at 75th and Lyman to the center of Darien.
Picture the strip of storefronts on 75th Street just west of Lyman Avenue — the one with Panda Express, Caribou Coffee, an AT&T store and other retail businesses. Now envision two of those three buildings situated on Cass Avenue, facing Brookhaven Plaza just north of Plainfield Road. The city is using that mall as a model for the type of development it would like to see built on the city-owned property that includes Heritage Plaza and a vacant lot, Municipal Services Director Dan Gombac said Thursday at a meeting with the Brookhaven Plaza Merchants Association. “It doesn’t mean that’s set in stone,” he said. ”We just want to create a vision.” Whether the city will sell the land or develop it in conjunction with a developer or business …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Debate continued within the council until the vote. Chase now has 210 days to close on the sale.
The deal is on. The Darien City Council voted four to two, with one abstention, Monday in favor of a contract with Chase Bank for the purchase of city-owned property at 7501 Cass Ave. for $1.95 million. Weeks of debate over the terms of the contract and whether a bank was a good fit with the lot continued up until the vote. Alderman Tina Beilke said several of her ward’s residents told her they didn’t think Darien needed another bank. Others expressed concern that a second Chase branch in the city could hurt some of the smaller local banks that have long called Darien home. With neighboring towns such as Burr Ridge and Willowbrook drawing shoppers and diners, Beilke said she feared Darien would suffer a long-term financial loss by …
Friday, November 18, 2011
With a sale to Chase Bank pending, the City Council discussed how to move forward on the rest of its downtown properties.
As an official deal with Chase Bank nears, the Darien City Council is now looking ahead to what will happen next with the rest of the property area along Cass Avenue between 75th Street and Plainfield Road. Discussion of the downtown business district consumed nearly two-thirds of Wednesday's three-and-a-half-hour goal-setting session as the council conferred on the challenges associated with developing the land. The City Council is set to vote Monday on a contract with Chase for the sale of 7501 Cass Ave., which leaves two other city-owned properties up for grabs in the district: the strip of shops known as Heritage Plaza and land at the corner of Plainfield and Cass that once housed a BP station. Darien assumed responsibility for the …
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A contract with Chase Bank for the sale of the lot at 75th Street and Cass Avenue will be up for a City Council vote on Monday. If the deal goes through, that leaves the city with two parcels of land in the 2.5-acre downtown business district, bordered on the south by Plainfield Road. The city has considered a range of businesses with the goal of creating a destination that mixes restaurants, stores and services. What would you like to see go into the plaza? A specialty grocery store? Somewhere to buy jeans? A gathering place to grab a snack with friends on Friday nights? Share your ideas in the comments.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Aldermen raised questions about a few clauses in the agreement for the sale of property at Cass Avenue and 75th Street.
It’s been nine months since Chase Bank signed a letter of intent to purchase land at 75th Street and Cass Avenue from the City of Darien for $2 million — and it will be at least another two weeks before the city council votes on a contract. Several aldermen raised questions during Monday’s city council meeting about certain stipulations in the contract, prompting Mayor Kathleen Weaver to postpone a scheduled vote. The discussion centered on two conditions Chase requested in the agreement. Chase called for a drive that runs through the Heritage Plaza parking lot as well as city-owned property at Cass and Plainfield Road, which would include two access points onto Plainfield. The bank also asked for a clause that prohibited other full-…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Weaver acknowledged economic challenges, focused on opportunities.
The economy remains a challenge, but Darien is holding its own, Mayor Kathleen Weaver said Tuesday during her annual State of the City speech at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. Weaver used much of her talk to address business development in Darien, including the still-lagging downtown redevelopment project, while affirming her faith in the city’s resilience. The city has worked to bring in new tenants to vacant storefronts, as well as to attract businesses to develop the plots of land purchased between 2006 and 2008 around Cass Avenue and 75th Street. “We’re trying,” she said. “We’re doing our due diligence here in this tough economy. We’d all hoped we’d come back a lot sooner, and I think we’re all frustrated with the progress.” The city …