The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Northbrook village trustees recently approved a scaled down version of a mixed-use development project planned for 1000 Skokie Boulevard.
Plans for the site include a Lifetime Fitness facility, a Children's Learning Adventure daycare site and a 304-unit apartment complex.
Trustees applauded the developer’s decision to reduce the number of rental units and lower the height of the garage. To address safety concerns, 100 parking spaces will be dedicated to the daycare center during prime hours to accommodate the center's practice that requires a caregiver to walk a child to the center from a parked car, rather than a driver dropping a child off curbside.
“This development will enhance this corridor,” Northbrook Village Trustee Kathryn Ciesla said. She also applauded the addition of green space and a dedicated pick-up/drop-off lane for buses.
Trustee Todd Heller said that despite neighbor objections, the project is the best for the community as a whole. “We must be flexible and understand the changing times,” Heller said. “I think this is a positive development moving forward for Northbrook. This is an ugly piece of property; it’s not open land.”