New fire station part of Glenview downtown development proposal
Glenview Fire Chief Wayne Globerger addresses residents at a community meeting about a proposed new fire station in Glenview. Stacia Timonere~For Sun TImes Media
Updated: December 6, 2012 7:56AM
GLENVIEW — In a downtown Glenview revitalization plan, a developer has submitted a proposal for a large mixed-use project.
The building would be on the south side of the 1800 block of Glenview Road and require buying four land parcels between Pine and Church streets.
The developer, Trammel Crow in Oakbrook, also would purchase one of the parcels where the Fire Station 6 is located at 1815 Glenview Road and the rear parking lot.
In return, the village is considering moving the fire station to the former police station on Waukegan Road, just south of Village Hall.
“We’re not interested in buying property with taxpayers’ money,” said Village Manager Todd Hileman.
Fire Chief Wayne Globerger said a fire station needed to remain in downtown and that it was unlikely sirens would be needed at night because emergency trucks did not often go out after dark.
Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Ensign said the downtown station received about 20 emergency calls per day, whereas after 10 p.m. they dropped to two or three.
“We have five fire stations, so we’re not new at this. We’re aware of neighborhood concerns, but three of our five stations are in neighborhoods,” Globerger added.
“We’ve never had an issue with neighborhoods in my 25 years here.”
Globerger also said fire trucks would exit onto Waukegan Road and when returning enter a south drive to avoid backing into the station and disrupt traffic.
The new fire station would be built on village land and could eliminate an estimated $375,000 in repairs to the existing facility.
Also, village staff estimated a $4.7 million price tag for constructing a new station on Waukegan Road.
If approved by the Plan Commission and Village Board, the apartment building would have 139 units and first-floor retail.
The four-story complex also would provide 101 underground parking spaces for a total of 215 spaces.
Representatives of Trammel Crow said a lot of market activity currently existed on Glenview Road and business will improve when residents and retailers occupied the new development.
“Any revitalization won’t happen all at once, but bringing in strong retail will allow us success,” said John Carlson, a senior associate for Trammel Crow.
The development would not be in TIF district, and monthly apartment rents with one and two bedrooms were set at $1,500-$2,000.
Carlson told residents it was too early to tell what retailers would work best.
“There’s enough parking, visibility and access so people don’t have to fight traffic. We plan on restaurants, too,” he said.
Dep. Village Manager Don Owen said the former downtown Dominick’s food store the village bought in 2007 for $6.5 million was for advanced planning.
A consultant hired by the village said in March the property should remain a grocery store.
“We expect more information for the community on this soon,” Owen said.