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Hoffman Estates officials have recommended approval of a village-initiated tax increment financing district to spur commercial growth at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

Hoffman Estates officials are poised to grant an economic incentive Jan. 6 to spur development just west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center, helping the vacant site join the commercial development going on around it.

The village’s planning, building and zoning committee voted 6-1 Monday to recommend approval of a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The proposed TIF district would include a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel along Higgins Road west of Route 59 as well as adjacent right of way for a total of 64 acres.

Potential developments for the site include a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks, and a 150,000-square-foot retail center. (Sound familiar?)

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At their November 19th meeting, the 220 Board of Education approved the demolition of the property located at 36 E. Dundee Road, which sits directly adjacent to BMS-Prairie and the Early Learning Center. The work will be completed no later than December 20th, but it is estimated it will only take approximately two weeks to complete the demolition.

While the district, “does not anticipate any disruption to the school day,” parents should be aware they will see construction crews and equipment around the parking lots of both buildings. The intent is to use the space to ease traffic congestion at both schools.

220 purchased the property last school year, after Cook County rejected a proposal from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to build a fire station at the site.

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Barrington 220 is partnering with the Barrington Rotary Clubs to provide life-saving “Stop the Bleed” kits to every Barrington area classroom (public and parochial), plus public areas such as the library and parks. In the event of a tornado, active shooter, or any other serious catastrophe, having advanced first aid kits in classrooms will allow treatment of student injuries, with a 7-10 minute jump-start before professional aid arrives.

The Rotary Clubs have reached 60% of their funding goal and 286 kits still need to be sponsored. Each kit costs $38. Any donation amount is appreciated. If you are interested in helping to provide these life saving kits, click here.

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Spring Creek Road

Autumn is a great time to ride a bike. The air is fresh but not too cold yet, the suburbs have plenty of good places to ride — and there will be a lot of colorful foliage to see.

So where are the best places to ride for fall colors? Here’s the Daily Herald’s top five:

At the very top of the list of the Herald’s suggestions for, “Ride around the neighborhood or on longer, bucolic roads on the outskirts?” Spring Creek Road:

“A tree and biking-road paradise. Check out Spring Creek Road; getting there is wonderful, too, but residents ask that you stay single file, please.”

Read the full Daily Herald article here,

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It’s not Batman or Superman, but police departments throughout the Chicago suburbs and northwest Indiana have a new crime-fighting partner: Amazon.

Department officials said their partnerships with the company’s Ring unit, which sells home security systems, most notably the glowing combination doorbell and camera, are already helping them investigate crimes. Partnerships have been established with police departments around the region including Naperville, Aurora, Elgin, Palos Heights, Skokie, Lincolnwood, and Hammond. Others, such as the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, are still considering the proposal.

Ring and its companion app, Neighbors, enables owners of both Ring and non-Ring security systems, or anyone who might have taken video on a cellphone, to share them online and comment on images.

Police, through their partnerships with Ring, in many cases established just months ago, can use the app to send out community alerts, and also seek out privately owned videos that could be used in criminal investigations. Police, however, don’t have unfettered access to videos.

Read more from the Daily Southtown here.

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Hoffman Estates officials have scheduled a pair of meetings for local governments and the public to weigh in on a proposed tax incentive to encourage development on the north corners of the intersection of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The village is proposing the tax increment financing district for 24 acres at the northeast corner and 16 acres at the northwest corner, independent of any existing development plan — including the Plums Farms concept that’s been stalled for two years.

Including adjacent right of way, the proposed TIF district would cover 64 acres. Initial revenue from the TIF would pay for public utilities on the land.

A Joint Review Board made up of the local governments that would see their tax revenues affected by the TIF district is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

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Neighborhoods throughout Barrington are invited to join over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all across the country for National Night Out. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

From 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the intersection of Cook and Station streets in Barrington, neighbors throughout Barrington are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement.

Barrington’s National Night Out is an annual tradition hosted by the Barrington Police Department that includes family-friendly activities including games, face painting, balloon art, and kids’ wooden workshop kits; free bike helmets and bike safety checks; a K9 demonstration; a distracted driving simulation, and the opportunity for kids to explore (and climb in and on) public safety vehicles; and much more. Always popular are the Trackless Train Rides on “Little Obie.”

In addition, Pizza Factory, Sergio’s, Rosati’s, & Primo Pizza have generously donated food for the evening — everyone eats for free. For information, please contact Jennifer Wisniewski at (847) 304-3303 or policeadmin@barrington-il.gov.

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