Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Buffalo Grove Village President Jeff Braiman and developer Chuck Malk discussed the downtown proposal Tuesday during a Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting.
Members of Buffalo Grove’s business community had a chance to learn more about a proposal to construct a downtown complex when developer Chuck Malk and Village President Jeff Braiman spoke at Monday’s Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce meeting. “The first thing people usually ask me is, ‘Why don’t we have a downtown?’ and the next is, ‘What’s with Town Center,’” Braiman said. Braiman praised Malk's idea to build a downtown complex on village-owned property along Lake-Cook Road, which is traversed by 105,000 vehicles each day. “It’s a dynamic plan. It’s an incredible opportunity, I believe, for the Village of Buffalo Grove,” Braiman said. “It could be a destination that will help all of our businesses.” Braiman said he and Village …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A village official and the shopping center's leasing agent discuss opportunities and challenges for Buffalo Grove's Town Center.
What should be done to revitalize Buffalo Grove’s Town Center? Officials say a strong anchor and new entertainment venues would help drive traffic to the shopping center. “It needs a really good anchor,” said Eddie Palacios, who handles the shopping center’s leasing and marketing for Edgemark Commericial Real Estate Services. “If Brunswick happens, it will bring a great use,” he said. But, he added, “We need a much bigger anchor than that.” A grocery store would be an ideal anchor, Palacios said. “If I could have a wish list, that would be on it." Town Center currently has five storefronts, totaling about 10,000 square feet, available for lease, Palacios said. While the spaces are not contiguous, other tenants could be relocated to create …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The grassroots Save Buffalo Grove organization plans to petition the Buffalo Grove Village Board, asking for a referendum on the sale of the golf course if the downtown proposal advances. Trustee candidates shared their views this week on a referendum.
Buffalo Grove’s trustee candidates weighed in Thursday night on whether the village should use a referendum to get input from residents before selling the Buffalo Grove Golf Course to a developer. The question pertains to a developer’s proposal to construct a downtown, which would include retail, recreational, residential and municipal uses on the land, which the village owns. The proposal, which is in conceptual stages, has raised concern from some Buffalo Grove residents. Some of them are part of the grassroots Save Buffalo Grove group, which organized this week’s forum. The group is also circulating petitions, collecting the signatures of residents who believe the sale of the property should be put to a referendum. The petitions will be…
Buffalo Grove's four trustee candidates shared their views Thursday on a developer's downtown proposal.
Buffalo Grove’s trustee candidates gathered Thursday night to share their thoughts on a developer’s proposal to construct a downtown in the village, among other topics. The gathering was hosted by Save Buffalo Grove, a group of citizens who have concerns about the downtown proposal. Residents filled a room at the Village Bar and Grill to hear the thoughts of current trustees Lester Ottenheimer III, Andrew Stein and Beverly Sussman, whose names will appear on the April 9 election ballot, as well as write-in candidate Jeff Battinus. All of the candidates said they have questions and concerns about the proposal and that they have not taken a position on it. “Right now, the downtown is just a concept. It’s an idea. It’s in its infancy. There…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The candidates for Buffalo Grove trustee seats have been invited to participate in a March 7 forum hosted by a group of citizens concerned about a proposed downtown development.
Related: Updated: Trustee Candidates Forum Hangs in Limbo Save Buffalo Grove, a grassroots group of citizens concerned about the proposed downtown Buffalo Grove development, will host a public forum for trustee candidates. The candidates will be invited to discuss, among other topics, their views on the downtown proposal. The event will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. March 7 in the Village Bar and Grill's back room. Trustees Beverly Sussman, Andy Stein and Les Ottenheimer, who are seeking re-election, and Jeff Battinus, a write-in candidate, are running for three seats in the April 9 election. All four have agreed to attend the event, Save Buffalo Grove leaders said in a Feb. 20 press release. “We would like to hear about the challenges and …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Save Buffalo Grove is circulating a petition asking that the village let voters decide whether the downtown proposal should proceed.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Members of Save Buffalo Grove are collecting signatures from residents who want the Village of Buffalo Grove to put the downtown development proposal to a vote.
Save Buffalo Grove, a group of citizens opposed to the sale of the Buffalo Grove Golf Course for a downtown development, has started a petition for a community-wide referendum on the plan. The group's online petition, which outlines the downtown development proposal, states that "citizens of Buffalo Grove are concerned about the fiscal cost to taxpayers, the environmental impact, and potential detrimental effects on the quality of life that such a project would pose on Buffalo Grove residents." Residents and business owners who sign the petition are asking that the village "conduct a community-wide, binding referendum (a vote) prior to any project approval, sale of any property, or the expenditure of any taxpayer dollars on the downtown …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Save Buffalo Grove group plans to hash out strategies during a meeting this week. Meanwhile, the process is slowly moving forward with the village.
The Save Buffalo Grove group that organized earlier this month in protest of the proposed downtown development is not actively working to recall Buffalo Grove trustees, its leader said, but that doesn’t mean they are giving up the fight. “It’s still a potential tool,” said Dan Petersen, who is leading the grassroots group. However, he said, members are holding off on circulating petitions to obtain the signatures they would need for the measure to reach the 2013 ballot. In an Oct. 2 press release, the group said it would consider leading an effort to remove from office the Village Board members whose terms expire in 2015. But for now, Petersen said Monday, the group is focusing on creating its strategies. “The objective of this group is …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A recap of Patch's coverage of the downtown Buffalo Grove proposal, as well as views from the community.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Does Buffalo Grove need a downtown?
A developer’s proposal to build a downtown near the center of the village sparked strong emotions over the summer, ranging from excitement to high concern. The plan calls for the construction of commercial buildings, homes, parks and other public gathering spaces on 65 acres that are now home to Buffalo Grove’s municipal campus and the Buffalo Grove Golf Course. “If this can come to fruition, I think this is a fabulous opportunity for the community,” Trustee Jeff Berman said, after hearing developer Charles Malk outline his proposal in August. Not everyone is as optimistic. In early October, concerned residents formed “Save Buffalo Grove,” a grassroots group that is protesting the plan and considering pursuing the recall of some elected …