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Public Input Sought on Downtown Algonquin Improvements

A public workshop will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church and School this evening.

The Village of Algonquin requests public input regarding enhancement opportunities for its downtown.

Over the past few months, the village’s planning consultant Land Vision, Inc. has examined the existing physical and market conditions in Downtown Algonquin and an open public workshop to continue to identify existing assets and desired improvements will be held on Thursday, July 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 300 Jefferson Street.

The public input session will last approximately 90 minutes and the village is encouraging residents, businesses, and downtown property owners to attend and provide their recommendations.

An interactive program is planned and persons interested in attending are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the meeting to check-in and register as the workshop will have a formal agenda and begin promptly at 7:00pm.

At the workshop, the Land Vision consultant team will provide an overview of their initial findings for Downtown and then lead a series of small group exercises. For example, a visual preference survey will ask the public to express—using a keypad polling device—their preferences for different types of building styles, parking arrangements, and recreational opportunities.

Meeting attendees will also be asked to brainstorm general enhancements for downtown and draw on aerial maps where specific improvements should occur.

Overall, the public input obtained during the workshop will be used to help define priority areas for further consideration and analysis as the downtown planning study moves forward.

Source: village of Algonquin press release

Bob July 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Start by tearing down the eyesore at the corner of 31 & 62. It's a total abuse to have used eminent domain to steal this land. If the land isn't to be used to fix the intersection, restore it to its previous state.
R.S. July 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I agree let's get rid of that ugly gas station, and old car lot and cleaners.
R.S. July 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Bob you might want to get to a lower elevation, fresh air might do you good. If they restored the old building on the corner, the RiverView Restaurant would be halfway in the West bound lanes of Algonquin Rd. The land was taken for the correct reasons and modifications to the road were done.
Mikein algonquin July 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I agree, tar down this eyesore. Also, if both the northern bypass and western bypass were done a shorter turning lane would have sufficed and the Riverview would have remained. I am not happy that the Riverview building had not been awarded landmark status. It certainly deeserved it.
Debbie Morano-Mahler July 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I think it's a moot point discussing it. Algonquin politicians are going to do what's in their best interest. It's what they've done so far. Oh! Did I post that publicly? My bad! Just calling it like I see it! And I do agree, for what it's worth, that the building is an eyesore and with all the problems getting it built I pity the person who buys into it!
Soonwinner July 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Tear down the eyesore. Stop the bypass and build a bridge at the end of RT 25 extended. Costly? Yes. Worth doing? Yes.
D.R. July 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The condos are there and they're not coming down. I think they need to do something with the vacant used car lot & cleaners. Also, Port Edwards needs a facelift. Talk about an eyesore. That big, boxy, brown, dilapidated building irks me whenever I pass it.

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