In 2018, the Village Board approved the Lake Cook Road Corridor Market Study and Plan. The Plan, which included significant community involvement, provides a vision for the busiest Corridor in Buffalo Grove and is an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Many community members have approached the Village thinking that the plan was actually a development proposal. It is not. Rather, it is a community driven plan intended to guide the future development of the corridor. When developers and/or property owners come forward to redevelop the properties within the corridor, the Village will use the plan as a guide. As a result of this new vision, developers have already starting approaching the Village with interest in moving forward with some aspects of the plan. Currently, the Village is working with developers looking to redevelop the existing Northwest Community Hospital site (Lake Cook Road and 83) for a new medical office building and retail.
More information will be provided when it is available.
After the nationwide closure of Dominick’s, the Chase Plaza’s key tenant, traffic to the center dramatically decreased which has resulted in the closure of several smaller stores. The former Dominick’s is now owned by Jewel’s parent company, Alberton’s, and it has been very difficult to locate another grocery store into the former Dominick’s space. The Village has partnered with other communities in the same position in order to put pressure on Albertson’s to do something with the space. Despite continued interest in the property by developers and tenants, a sale price has not been agreed upon. Like other properties, the center is privately owned. Outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH) have recently substantially completed the road widening project in late 2021 and they are working on the punch list items like traffic signals and restoration/landscaping. It is expected to be fully completed in 2022.
The CCDOTH will be working on the next section of Lake Cook Road from Raupp Blvd to Arlington Heights Road in 2023 with a repaving project only that will not include widening or any major intersection work. This will still result in significant traffic delays but it will not be nearly as impactive as the last project. This is only a temporary solution while Cook County works on the full reconstruction project which will include widening throughout the corridor and it will include improvement to the intersection of Arlington Heights Road. The widening work and full reconstruction is not scheduled yet and will most likely take 8 to 12 years to be fully planned, designed, funded and constructed. Please contact the CCDOTH for questions at 312-603-1600.
January 2022 update
The owners had an economic incentive agreement with the Village in 2013 to develop the center which included a Fresh Farms. The owners then came back to the Village asking for additional incentive money prior to moving forward with the development. A new agreement was negotiated; however, during that time Dominick’s announced its closure and Garden Fresh Market announced it was opening across the street. At that time the owners decided to pull back from the project. The Village has met with the owners to encourage reinvestment into the center. However, a definitive development concept has not be submitted. Like other properties, outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
There is currently no development proposal for the development of any portion of the Golf Course.
Several interested developers have approached the Village with plans to redevelop the property. Based on the feedback we have received, the property owner is asking above market price for the property, making any redevelopment very difficult. Like other properties, outside of the Village acquiring and redeveloping the property with public funds, the Village’s role is limited to presenting development opportunities to the property owner as they may occur.
The Village has received multiple questions concerning tourist homes such as Air BNB or VRBO. Pursuant to Village Code, they are not permitted. Specifically, Section 17.12.285 C of the Buffalo Grove Zoning Ordinance states that “tourist homes” are prohibited. While the Village recognizes that such tourist homes may be marketed online, the Village is unable to proactively enforce those units being marketed as the specific property address is not listed until such time that a reservation is confirmed.
Furthermore, while homes may come up within the Buffalo Grove area, the exact location is an approximate and may or may not be within the Village limits of Buffalo Grove. If you have a concern regarding a specific property in Buffalo Grove that may be operating as a tourist home, please click on the “Report a Concern” and a Village staff member will follow up.