The Wil-Sher Shopping Plaza, the Mobile gas station and McGovern's Public House will have access to a $360,000 escrow account designed to offer rent support in the aftermath of last summer's fatal train derailment and bridge collapse that blocked Shermer Rd. traffic.
According to Don Owen, Glenview deputy village manager, Wil-Sher businesses will see half their rent paid, along with 15 percent of the Mobile gas station's rent and 11 percent of McGovern's rent.
"We put [the funds] where we thought it was most necessary," Owen said. "[The businesses] will continue to be affected because it will take 18 to 24 months to complete the new bridge."
Owen said the village will also perform ongoing reviews of Mobile's financial records to determine whether rent support will remain necessary. The village will also perform regular status checks on the other businesses.
Richard Nahrstadt, Northbrook village manager, said the village will not provide financial support to Northbrook businesses south of the derailment site, affected by the bridge collaps. However, he says completion of the Old Willow Rd. and Patriot Blvd. traffic signal later this week should ease the detour burden facing businesses south of the derailment site.
"We have worked to secure access to that area from Patriot Blvd at Old Willow Road and are working to get additional directional signage for that access and the businesses," Richard Nahrstadt, Northbrook village manager wrote in an email. "We also will be using the Village Newsletter and other media sources to remind residents that those businesses are open and accessible via Patriot and Old Willow."
Northbrook has also has a detour map of the area and ongoing updates to the construction process on the Village website.
“It’s a good deal. Yeah, this will help out,” Dan Goodman, who owns Maria’s Pizza at the Wil-Sher Shopping Plaza told the Glenview Announcements.
Read Patch's full coverage of the train derailment and bridge collapse here.