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10 | April 12, 2018 | The highland park landmark News hplandmark.com THE GLENCOE ANCHOR Despite erosion at neighboring beaches, Glencoe Beach ready for season It’s full steam ahead for Glencoe Beach this season. As beach season approaches, the Glencoe Park District, which manages the Glencoe Beach, said things are looking good, in terms of water levels and erosion. “The beach is going to open as normal,” said Bobby Collins, Glencoe Park District’s director of recreation and facilities. “We’ve been monitoring it a lot and going down there a lot. There have been no major changes in the last three months.” Opening day is planned for May 26 at Glencoe Beach and it will close for the season over Labor Day Weekend. Recent reports have shown water levels rising at the beach, but Collins said it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Last fall, as a result of rising Lake Michigan water levels, Glencoe Beach faced a large issue after sand movement left a 16-inch water main exposed at Perlman Boating Beach, adjacent to Glencoe Beach. The main, which went out of service temporarily, transported treated water from the Village’s water plant out to the main water network. “The water main was running the length of the sailing beach,” Collins said. “We faced so much erosion that it was exposed but the Village relocated it.” The Glencoe Public Works Department moved the impacted section of the water main further west onto the beach, under more solid sand. The total cost of the project was estimated to be near $56,000. Since the project, the beach rebounded and hasn’t faced any other issues, Collins confirmed with The Anchor. Reporting by Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor. Full story at GlencoeAnchor.com. THE WINNETKA CURRENT Expansion of Winnetka Community House parking lot gets green light In a unanimous decision, the Winnetka Village Council approved a special-use permit to allow for the long-awaited expansion of the existing parking lot at the Winnetka Community House at its Tuesday, April 3 regular meeting. According to the B-1 Multiple Family Residential Zoning District code for the village, parking lots are allowed to be designated as special use. With the approved decision, the existing Champion House building will be demolished so that the parking lot can be expanded from fitting 20 vehicles to 26 vehicles. Additionally, the Community House is proposing the parking lot as a temporary or interim use for the property, and as such, the parking lot is being constructed with a 2-inch layer of asphalt over gravel. It is estimated to have a life span of approximately five to seven years. The Community House is currently engaged in strategic planning for its operations and facilities. At the completion of the strategic planning process, it is expected to provide direction for the future long-term use of the parcel. Each body recommended approval with the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals recommendations conditioned upon a term being placed on the special-use permit. However, the council opted not to place a term on the permit. “I’d be in favor of eliminating (a term),” trustee Kristin Ziv said. Trustee Andrew Cripe felt there was no reason to have a term imposed and require the Community House to go through the approval process again in the future. Reporting by Todd Marver, Freelance Reporter. Full story at WinnetkaCurrent. com. THE LAKE FOREST LEADER Chase Bank receives green light to replace old McDonald’s site After months of at times contentious discussions, the Lake Forest City Council approved the construction of a Chase Bank including drive through service in the Waukegan Road business district during its meeting on Monday, April 2. The construction of the new Chase Bank, which will replace the old McDonald’s site at 884 Waukegan Road, was approved in a 7-1 vote, with Alderman Raymond Buschmann the only “no” vote. This approval comes after months of discussion and consideration by the City Council, Building Review Board, Plan Commission and City Legal Committee. Residents and aldermen alike spoke of their concern over another bank in the Waukegan business district and its impact on the nature of the district as a whole. However, others welcomed the national branch, expecting it to become an engaged member of the business community. “We take our relationship with our businesses in this community very seriously,” said Alderman Prue Beidler. “When someone from a national group like Chase comes in, we want them to understand.” Although many aldermen expressed displeasure with the bank, they noted that legally, Chase fit the requirements of existing on the property and receiving a special-use permit. “A bank is not my first choice,” said Alderman Jack Reisenberg. “[But], I don’t get to pick and choose.” Reporting by Miriam Finder Annenberg, Freelance Reporter. Full story at LakeForestLeader.com. THE NORTHBROOK TOWER Glenbrook North grad making waves in water sports world Even though Danny Amir grew up more than 1,000 miles away from the state of Florida, he always knew he would one day end up in Orlando. Amir, a graduate of Glenbrook North in 2000, spent his teenage years on the chase. But Amir’s chase was never one for money or affection, rather one for unfrozen water — a needed means for pursuing his near-lifelong love of water sports. And Orlando, often deemed the mecca of water sports, was always his end goal. “In my mind, I kind of always wanted to get down to Florida so that I could be on the water all the time,” Amir said. “When I was a teenager, all I wanted to do was be on the water all day.” While living in Northbrook, Amir spent his summers traveling to Twin Lakes, Wis., where he learned to water ski and developed a love for the sport through the Aquanuts water skiing club. Following his time at GBN, Amir got a job at Munson Ski and Marine, where he worked with the some of the best water skiing equipment available. In his early 20s, after two years at Munson, Amir saved enough money and followed his best friend Erik Ruck south to Florida. Reporting by Martin Carlino, Contributing Editor. Full story at NorthbrookTower.com. THE WILMETTE BEACON New owners of Plaza del Lago address rumors Soon after Retail Properties of America, Inc. bought Wilmette’s Plaza del Lago for a reported $48 million earlier this visit us online at www.hplandmark.com year, talk about the historic shopping center’s future reached a feverish pitch. Rumors of the new owners knocking down parts of the center and building condominiums have circulated throughout the community. “Nothing at this time is set in stone of what we’re going to do, but as I’ve told the existing tenants, our plan is to improve what’s there,” said Stacy Short, vice president and leasing director of RPAI’s Western Division. “We want to lease the spaces that are vacant and bring in additional businesses that will bring in extra traffic.” RPAI, based in Oak Brook, currently has 112 retail operating properties that total 20.3 million square feet. Opening in 1928, Plaza del Lago is one of the nation’s oldest shopping centers. Since 1971, the Moss family had owned the property when Joseph Moss purchased it. Moss, 90, died in March 2017. “We’re excited to own the asset,” Short said. “We want to make sure that people know we are here and local to the area.” Plaza del Lago, which features Spanish-style architecture, consists of retail and office space. The center is anchored by several national tenants, including Jewel, CVS, Starbucks and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Plaza del Lago also offers 15 second-story residential apartments. Ninetyone percent of the property is leased. Please see nfyn, 24

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