Homewood to Hold Public Meeting on Plaza Project

Residents, trustees and design consultants will gather to discuss a proposed open space project in downtown Homewood.

The village of Homewood will hold a public meeting March 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss a project that would close off a downtown portion of Martin Avenue to create open space with several features.

A consultant from The Lakota Group will present its design proposal, and village staff will be available to answer questions.

Supporters and opponents of the project packed a February 11 board meeting, asking the trustees to slow down the process and gather additional input from the community.

The board decided to move forward with the plan—but not with the design as presented at the time.

The plan now calls for closing Martin Avenue north of Ridge Road for about 100 feet, at which point the street would open to two-way traffic.

The section of the street would then become open space, possibly including amenities such as fire pit, benches, special lighting, bistro tables and more.

Trustee Anne Colton voted against moving forward with the current plan, but was more than willing to revisit it after revisions are made.

"I want it to be something that's more reflective of the community, and what the people want," Colton said. "Something that reflects the desires, needs and wants of the residents." 

The meeting will be held at Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.

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Lynn February 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Did anybody actually look at the plan? While I'm not wild about the Village spending more money, I can see how this could be beneficial to the community. This is the same area that we hold Fall fest, the used-to-be Homewood Days, and any other Downtown Fest. The plans for this area will definitely be appealing for those types of events and great for the Farmer's Market. Irwin is nice to go sit in a field and listen to music, but is not very accommodating for tables, chairs, and vendor tents as much as hard surface such as brick or pavement. This area also looks appealing for tenants in nearby condos and apartments that gives it that village type of feel. I wish the Village spent money on this up front instead of all of those ridiculous, out of touch, murals that only appeal to local seniors to remind them of times of the past. I think that this new proposed space appeals to the entire community (all ages), families, events, commuters, and tenants that live in the downtown area. However, I wish that they would build a parking garage to accommodate the already existing parking shortage. The proposed plan seems to add more damage that issue. Great to get all the people to come gather but no where to park????
SouthSide February 24, 2014 at 01:30 PM
We already have a beautiful "plaza" area in Irwin Park on Ridge Road. Why oh why oh why spend more money on sprucing up an area that doesn't need sprucing up?
John May February 24, 2014 at 05:16 PM
I think we need a board like this where you have to prove residency to post. Elmhurst? NWI? Don't you people have hobbies?
minnie ha ha February 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Instead of a Byrne=like plaza (we all know what happened to her brilliant idea!) why not another hair or nail salon? Or better yet, another pizza place? It's time for homewood residents to voice their displeasure about the village president and board's wasteful expenditures.


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