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Editorial note: The, “Bell Works Townhomes,” will be located at 1705 Lakewood Boulevard according to last night’s Hoffman Estates Village Board meeting agenda. Assuming the District 220 Boundary Map is current, these proposed developments are within the 220 boundary (Barbara Rose Elementary).

Bell Works

Hoffman Estates officials have granted approval to the construction of 164 high-end townhouse units on the east side of Bell Works Chicagoland. New Jersey-based Somerset Development is also planning 300 apartments on the same 20-acre site. (Courtesy of Hoffman Estates)

Nearly five years after the redevelopment of Hoffman Estates’ former AT&T corporate campus into the Bell Works Chicagoland “metroburb” was proposed, village board members on Monday approved 164 high-end townhouses to begin the project’s long-promised residential component.

The board also granted preliminary approval to a concept plan for about 300 apartments to follow on the same nearly 20-acre site on the east side of the 152-acre property.

The approved townhouses are planned to be priced in the mid-$400,000s, each with three bedrooms and an option for a fourth. Each unit would have three floors, with a two-car garage on the ground floor and the living areas above.

Though the project was long anticipated, there was discussion about the lack of some usual details that troubled the planning and zoning commission before it gave its recommendation.

Commission Chairman Eva Combs said she was the only member who manifested her frustration as a “no” vote, but others among her colleagues voiced similar sentiments.

As a result, the lack of such details as a homeowners association charter led to the commission’s recommending an unusual number of conditions.

Read more here.

Related:Remaking white elephant suburban headquarters: Is a ‘metroburb’ headed to Hoffman Estates?” “Developer filing plan for townhouses, apartments at Bell Works in Hoffman Estates

 

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Woodland

The former Woodland Elementary School in Carpentersville will be the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township’s latest impact center. The center will provide STEM programs and other services to about 300 middle and high school students. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township’s CEO headed to Washington last year to seek funding for a new center in Carpentersville, he figured $250,000 was the most his organization would get.

At the time, most community project grants topped out at $250,000. Drew Glassford made his best pitch and returned to D.C. with some of the youth his organization serves to make his case a second time.

It worked — in a big way.

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi stopped at Perry Elementary School in Carpentersville to see one of the organization’s impact centers and deliver a $2 million check to help build out a new center at the former Woodland Elementary School, located a few blocks away.

“Because of the compelling nature of this program, because of the needs of this program, because of the incredible positive blessings that it confers on the community, I decided to go all out,” the Schaumburg Democrat said during Friday’s presentation.

Last fall, the Dundee Township Park District agreed to purchase the former school from Barrington Community Unit School District 220. The park district will keep the land around the school, but the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township, which is paying for the property, will keep the school building and the parking lot for the new Woodland Impact Center.

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Horizon Farm Master Plan: Your Feedback is Appreciated

The Park District will host a meeting with the Cook County Forest Preserve District to discuss a Master Plan for the Horizon Farm property. The public is encouraged to attend in person or via Zoom (check back here for a link to the meeting.) Meeting Date: Feb. 8th, at 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Location:  361 Bateman Rd. Barriington [sic] Hills, IL, at the Park District’s Riding Center Meeting Room.”

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. Their agenda reads as follows:

  1. Call To Order
  2. Recognition Of Commissioners
  3. Recognition Of Visitors
  4. Approval Of The December 2022 Park Board Meeting Minutes
  5. Approval Of The December 2022 Treasurer’s Report
  6. Advisory Committee Report
  7. Facility Rental Requests
  8. Trainer Registrations
  9. Facility Maintenance
  10. Action To Be Taken On Discussed Items
  11. Old/New Business
  12. Adjournment

In other words, pure boilerplate. Not even a heads up on the public hearing scheduled next month. However, the way they operate, practically anything can be discussed and voted upon tonight.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. The Board will discuss and perhaps approve the, “Second Reading of Board Policy,” including:

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

Related:Two candidates in District 220 face ballot challenges

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BHPD New Masthead

The Barrington Hills Park District Advisory Committee meets this evening at 7PM. The primary topic of discussion is, “Explore possibility of a better time for Riding Club on weekends (as opposed to?).”

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  Instructions for attending the meeting via Zoom can be found here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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SECURITY

The Barrington Hills Park District Advisory Committee meets this evening at 7PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Explore request fo motion activated flood lights around exterior of RC – suggestion for solar powered
  • Explore Request for security camera outside: parking lot, tractor shed, stall aisles, outdoor arenas. mounted as high as possible. *Signs* that call out video surveillance could be a deterrent.
  • Explore request for Panic alarm suggested: at either end of barn aisle, two in the arena. A phone with direct line to 911 would be an alternative, and
  • Explore possibility of a better time for Riding Club on weekend

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  Instructions for attending the meeting via Zoom can be found here

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Lake Barrington Village

The Lake Barrington village board will meet Tuesday to discuss potential changes to the rules for short-term residential rentals.

The meeting is set for 7 PM at village hall, 23860 N. Old Barrington Road.

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Now

The Now Arena in Hoffman Estates hadn’t yet opened as the Sears Centre when the village adopted its economic development strategic plan in 2005. Village officials have approved the first major revision to the plan in 17 years. (Daily Herald File Photo, 2021)

Hoffman Estates officials have approved the first major revision of the village’s economic development strategic plan in 17 years, setting ambitious goals while recognizing a different business landscape from that of 2005.

The strategic plan’s nine strategies include attraction and recruitment; business retention and expansion; foreign direct investment and targeted industry clusters; housing; marketing and communications; quality of life; small business development; tourism; and workforce development.

Economic Development Director Kevin Kramer said the strategies define how the village should focus its limited time and resources in areas of economic development.

The plan also identifies how the village might attract people back to work in their offices, as well as how to make it an attractive place to live for remote workers — such as emphasizing the convenient presence of coworking space like that at Bell Works Chicagoland, Kramer said.

While achieving all the plan’s goals in the next five years is unlikely, Kramer said reaching 90% would be a big win for the village.

“I want to dream big,” he added. “Even if they don’t all come true, maybe some of them can.”

Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod said what especially impresses him about the plan is that it’s based on a full SWOT — Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats — analysis of the village.

Read more here.

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