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Mary

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Consider establishing senior housing near the downtown area. A boon to this ideally structured (and beautiful!) community and to seniors!
Where the old Walgreen store was

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Wilde & Greene Natural Market. BOY would this bring people into downtown Northbrook!
Caty

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I would love to see the entire shopping center south of Cherry/Church and just east of Meadow revamped. Store fronts facing out rather than in. Take advantage of the creek that's been cleaned up! Parking would remain in the center of the shopping center, but all stores around the perimeter would open up to the street side or creek. Right now the east side of Meadow Road is just brick walls, dumpsters and high fences. Imagine if it was store fronts. And along the creek, it's the same thing...parking and truck traffic. Picture Starbucks, knitting store, Leonards, the yoga studio, the Ida's salon, and La De Da all opening up to the creek and street rather than the crumbling parking lot. How relaxing would be to sit with a cup of coffee outside Starbucks and look out onto the creek with a walkway?!
Terry

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Reconfigure this shopping center. Open it up so that there is river access. Place Marcello's (or other restaurant) along the river so that there is riverfront seating and open air entertainment. Provide a pedestrian walkway to get through to the other side so that you can easily move from this shopping center to the one to the south of the river.
Melissa

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Downtown Northbrook needs to be unified. Make it a destination. Focus around the river - with shop entrances off of the river, seating area, gazebo, etc. Make it a place for entertainment to draw people in from other towns. People may visit the concerts at Village Green but they don't pop into the book bin or Starbucks, etc. to make purchases while they are listening. When I go to the concerts in Deerfield, I often pop into B&N or pick up food from Whole Foods or grab something I need from their Walgreens. If we had weekly entertainment in closer proximity to shops, it might bring additional revenue!
BNB

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This is an excellent spot for a dog park. NORTHBROOK NEEDS ITS OWN DOG PARK! Residents of Northbrook are not happy about having to run to other suburbs to find one and this is an ideal spot for one! Dog parks are friendly places that add a sense of community for residents. Dogs AND their owners would benefit from this!
Tima

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Would love to see a fence around the playground in the Village Green as it's not safe here. Plus more shadow above the playground. This area also needs a type of a fountain where kids can get wet on the hot day. A round bike path would be also nice there for little kids to ride.
vm

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Focus store fronts along river in the downtown area, from the library to the park. There could be a lovely pedestrian walkway, benches, eating areas along the river. Currently parking lots face the river. It is such a beautiful assest. I think residents would just love to "hang out" and shop, eat along a part of nature.
Dan

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Bring a brew pub with music to the old Blockbuster/Walgreens location. Plenty of parking. I would suggest a blues/folk type venue so the noise is not a problem to neighbors. Plenty of parking and would bring people into downtown.
Traci

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Northbrook will continue to have parking problems unless they put in a parking garage either behind the 'northbrook garage"(please keep for historic architectural interest), behind Landmark or on vacant lot at Meadow and Cherry. The "river walk" is the best idea. Work with the two developers to redesign their developments to include this.They will lose close parking but will add business. It has to have viewing and pedestrian access from Cherry & Meadow. (Winnetka has an area across from the post office that is too secluded and it is hard to know which shops are in there.) We need additional family and ethnic diversity in our restaurnts.
Bob

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Some how I think that stores in Northbrook shopping area should front more on Cherry. Maybe just some parking for the street side stores and then have the majority behind the stores as it is now. Whenever I go to Highland Park I get the feeling that the downtown is more vibrant because there are more storefronts and people wandering around. The current stores could still be where they are but having additional stores on the street/curb side would help and wouldn't make that area seem so vacant since the parking lots just seems so in your face
SH

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The strip malls on Waukegan just north of Shermer (both sides of the street) are in desperate need of updating. These sites on a busy thoroughfare offer first impressions of downtown Northbrook to passersby.
Mark Leaman

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The parking lot behind Oliverii's and the Landmark is an ugly eyesore with an incoherent parking pattern.
Karen

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A farmer's market on the *weekend* would be great. The current Wednesday farmer's market isn't convenient for those who work, and a market at Village Green/downtown would bring people to the businesses on Shermer.
KEG

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Bike path all along Dundee so that it would be safer and easier to access the North Trail bike path which is just past the corner of Dundee and Skokie Boulevard.
AT

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There is an police/fire emergency-vehicle-only road which connects Lake Cook (Via Revere Drive) and Dundee Road. Allow bicycles / pedestrians to use this road. Cyclists would then be able to safely reach the Skokie Valley Bike Path and avoid the hazards traveling on Skokie Blvd.
Ross

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The downtown shopping centers need to allow for first floor shopping and dining and allow for three or maybe four stories above for residential living. If developers know that this is allowed...more plans will come forward with re-development ideas. If not, developers won't spend (waste) money on plans trying to convince the board for a code varaince they probably won't get.
LM

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Turn the stores around to utilize the natural asset of the river. Consider discreet multi-level parking structures to maximize shops and scenery/walking paths. Look to smaller mom & pop businesses that can have the flexibility to provide the community what it needs/wants. Businesses like Sunset, Book Bin, La De Da, Shelley's, Village Green Cleaners and even Do It Best still thrive here because they involve themselves in the community, provide outstanding customer service and respond to what their customers want.
greg

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is this town-owned land across from parking lot, next to building with Janzen Ortho and others? It could be much more than vacant grass field, not well kept up at that. could make into a perennial garden area or add a gazebo, benches, checkerboard tables, to encourage more gathering and general activity/ conversation in this area. it is an under-utilized resource and in commercial zone. could also have fountain potential, bandstand, public gathering, general corner hangout or place to advertise community events.
Lou K

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Need cross walks from New Chase Bank across street to the South or East along Dundee
mb

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No stores here with food: i.e. Target, Meijers, etc.. this is to close to residential. Therefore more rodents, semi traffic, and added consumer traffic creating more conjestion to an already conjested intersecton. Other stores might be better suited there, but then you still have the traffic problems.
Randy

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Street pattern is not condusive to retail/restaurant development. The only way to get the necessary critical mass of retail development necessary to make downtown NBK a destination is to put storefronts on Meadow with parking decks behind and above. Also need to remake and reorient the shopping center south of Cherry at Meadow.
greg

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these old brick, warehouse like buildings next to northbrook garage and across from st. norberts are a challenge and opportunity. they are broken down and fairly useless as current. but, they are historic and could be re-purposed and developed with a fresh open market inside (like French market/european market style), or with small individual/ unique local stores inside. the era of mega-store, big boxes is largely over. this is exactly type of in-fill opportunity that could anchor a refreshed downtown, draw people at all hours of day, and bring some uniqueness to town. vital to do well and cooperatively with whoever owns these few markets.
Dog Owner

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DOG PARK!!! anywhere, please.
Sloan

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Redevelopment of the shopping center south side of Cherry could create a vista and promenade to the Vjillage Green; less commercial and more open space like a plaza could be used for civic events, public entertainment (e.g.concerts) and public lounging with movable street furniture. The concept floated a few years ago for a riverwalk had the vista idea but had too much commercial
Cecilia P.

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I'm surprised that there is no stand alone bakery in the downtown area. Sunset is great in a pinch, but I do drive to Deerfield's if I want something I know was made that day.
Matt

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The NB Metra station could be made much safer, and much less of a traffic interuption for Shermer, with two relatively simple changes. One, there appears to be no good reason why the Northbound platform is split over Shermer - there is plenty of real estate south of the existing platform that the railroad owns. Why not have the entire platform on the south side of Shermer? This would allow gates to stay up longer on Shermer, and cause less pedestrian headaces. Two, if you want to cut down on the stupid people running across in front of trains (remember, this is a VERY busy stretch of rail, with Metra, freight and Amtrak), then build a pedestrian tunnel under the tracks at the south end of the platform. This takes away the risks of people crossing improperly, and gives a different path across than the existing crossings further north.
Illini847

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In my opinion, I think it would be extremely advantageous to open up and connect the stores on cherry to the stores on Shermer. Think of it as a Mini Old Orchard in Downtown Northbrook. If True Value (or whatever it is called now) was removed and opened up so that there could be a walkway all the way from the cherry to Shermer, you could put stores on both sides. This would require building over the stream that runs through downtown. Ultimately, I would like to see if look like Downtown Highland Park with a glen/Old orchard feel.
Brad Rastall

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Consider retail store fronts and potential for larger anhor stores along east side of Meadow Road, that extends eastward along the north side of the creek. Parking would remain behind the retail structures and must also provide for delivery truck entry. Integrate a river walk that extends from the Village Church to a pedestrian bicycle ADA overpass over the railroad tracks that ends at the library. Itegrate residential lofts above the retail if possible. Tear down as much of the old Northbrook Garage/Culligan complex as possible and consider more small retial that faces the Village Green and integrate with a parking garage and/or senior housing. Consider restraunt and retail options that would promote people to use the Metra train to get to Northbrook and shop, including a shuttle from the Metra station to Northbrook Court.
Ross

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Parallel parking should be removed from in front of the Village Green on Shermer to allow full unobstructed view of the park when driving by. Parallel Parking on the other side in front of Little Louie's etc should be changed from Parallel to angle pull in to allow people easier and more inviting access to the shopping/stores.
Kurt Myers

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The downtown commercial area that straddles the creek is such a wasted opportunity. It is tragic that none of the buildings are oriented to take advantage of the creek. The south side of the creek is a parking lot and the north side is dumpster-central for the businesses in the strip mall. This could be a riverwalk with outdoor eating. Since the strip mall is mostly vacant now, what say we tear the thing down and build something that faces the creek?
Stephen Ginardi

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I think the only way "Downtown Northbrook" will be successful in the long run is to incorporate "Downtown" with the two large strip malls just north of downtown...the Sunset Foods side as well as the side formerly containing Walgreens. Untill you make ONE cohesive unit of Downtown Northbrook to include these 2 strip malls I believe the business facing Shermer and the couple facing Meadow will always struggle as stand alone's. Small specialtly shops need to be closer to large anchors in order to draw business. I know it would take a lot of "restructuring" of the downtow area to incorporate the shopping districts into ONE, including adding reconfiguriing the strip mall that used to include Walgreens as well as adding a street or large walk way to joing these THREE distinct shopping districts into ONE.
sam

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It seems that all Northbrook does is spend money having architects draw up new plans every few years. Get rid of the strip centers, utilize the river and try make a cohesive, inviting town that will attract locals and those from other areas. The shopping area at WholeFoods is another example of disjointed plans and horrific traffic flow. We were led to believe it would be a "walking" shopping area. Didn't quite turn out that way,
Michael

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You should put something on this land, its been sitting there for years, could be put to some good use as a small restaurant , or a place for northbrook bands to play fri-sun.
Jack

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Parking lot should be developed into commercial facing Shermer and parking deck near the tracks. Too much underutilized area. Posting that free after 10 a.m. helps, but still not clear that this is parking for business patrons.
Karen

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A small movie theater would be great. It would bring a night life to downtown Northbrook. Also, more outdoor dining options would be excellent during nice weather. My family just moved here from the city and this is one thing I desperately miss!
Donna

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Redevelopment talks should take place with owner of this property. A great place for retail/condo living. Great for retirement area. Close to grocery, essentials, church, eateries. A smaller scale of Waukegan Rd/Deerfield Rd.
Ross Freedman

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Tear down the shopping center where Marcello's is and start over. Make it look like Highland Park or Glanview. Deerfield looks nice but it is a glorified strip mall.
SLM

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Great place for a grocery store like a Meijer at the corner of Skokie Blvd. and Dundee!
Ann Weston

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I think that additional parking between the library and the village hall is a great idea - we need more parking there for both the library and the hall
Matt

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You could improve pedestrian flow, increase safety for children walking to/from schools, and encourage more bike/foot travel by building a small pedestrian bridge over the creek in this area. As it stands now, to get from east to west over the creek, you must use Walters and it's narrow sidewalks, or go all the way down to Techny. With NBJH, Meadowbrook and St Norberts schools all right in this area, and all the kids walking/biking to/from school, it would be much safer for them to travel the nearly-empty residential roads instead of Walters. There is also a lot of family and kid traffic to/from the pool, parks, the prarie, golf course and bike-friendly roads that could use this. Should be relatively cheap to build, and help connect neighbors.
lifeartist

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Techny Road between Shermer and Sanders Road is in very poor condition and will need resurfacing in the near future. It is also too narrow with no shoulder to accommodate bicycling. When preparing to re-do Techny please make provisions for safe cycling with and 18-24" paved shoulder. There are no sides walks the full distance on Techny between Shermer and Sanders so sidewalks are not the answer. Sidewalks have never been safe for cyclists anyway because of the numerous driveways.
greg

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these old brick, warehouse like buildings next to northbrook garage and across from st. norberts are a challenge and opportunity. they are broken down and fairly useless as current. but, they are historic and could be re-purposed and developed with a fresh open market inside (like French market/european market style), or with small individual/ unique local stores inside. the era of mega-store, big boxes is largely over. this is exactly type of in-fill opportunity that could anchor a refreshed downtown, draw people at all hours of day, and bring some uniqueness to town. vital to do well and cooperatively with whoever owns these few markets.
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Bart

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Planning should consider that people spend money, not automobiles. Autos sometimes get people to location, but we need to plan to make it convenient to get cars in, people out of them, and not sprawling ugly car lots. Seen communities locate business on main roads, and they cannot understand why businesses struggle as autos pass them by. I like My Pie, but the building it is currently in is an example of access difficulty for a restaurant. New does not equal better. Other communities that redesigned since 1990 should be looked at for the why's of what worked and what failed, and what became an eye sore. Northbrook uses its Village Green tremendously well - I would not want to see that strong symbol of community diminished - not one bit. Northbrook, has a brook, but outside of the 'Duck' run you wouldn't know it - we should look at opportunities to have this add value back to the community.
greg

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these old brick, warehouse like buildings next to northbrook garage and across from st. norberts are a challenge and opportunity. they are broken down and fairly useless as current. but, they are historic and could be re-purposed and developed with a fresh open market inside (like French market/european market style), or with small individual/ unique local stores inside. the era of mega-store, big boxes is largely over. this is exactly type of in-fill opportunity that could anchor a refreshed downtown, draw people at all hours of day, and bring some uniqueness to town. vital to do well and cooperatively with whoever owns these few markets.
KEG

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Add a river walk in downtown Northbrook with shops, cafes and restaurants.