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Village President: Walmart Interested in Northbrook

During the annual State of the Village address, board president Sandy Frum talked about Northbrook's strong economic position, recent successes in village infrastructure development and Walmart's upcoming bid for the lot near Skokie Blvd. and

Village president Sandy Frum gave a brief preview of next week's regular board meeting, saying village trustees would hear a proposal from Walmart about developing a store at 1000 Skokie Blvd. 

"I'm not cutting them off," Frum said at Pinstripes on Monday, during the annual State of the Village presentation. "I want them to make their case, I want the community to make its case."

New business development was one of many topics covered during the presentation. Infrastructure development such as water main upgrades and road improvements, the fatal July train derailment and the village's current economic status were also on Frum's agenda. 

Northbrook's Tragic Summer

Frum mentioned last summer's train derailment and board's decision to install a wider than previous bridge at the derailment site on Shermer Rd. as the best long-term idea for community safety. 

"We had two choices, build the old bridge with 100-year-old standards or a new bridge with new standards," she said. 

The new structure, which will take Union Pacific 18 to 24 months to complete, will allow for a wider Shermer Rd. and won't have a support beam in the middle of the street.

"We're aware of the impact on our businesses," she said, referring to the stores and companies located near the derailment site who've been most affected by the traffic obstruction. "We're advertising them."   

Frum also said the village had to remove more than 230 ash trees because of the emerald ash borer. 

"We expect to lose all of [the ash trees]," she said, though it would won't happen for almost 10 years.  

Economy and Infrastructure

"We're not going off the financial cliff," Frum said at the start of the presentation. "We have a triple-A bond rating." 

The president told a banquet hall full of local business and community leaders that Northbrook's perfect grade with Moody's and Standard & Poor's would save the village $2 million over the next nine years. 

"Moody's and S&P both commented on our financial strength and management style," she said. 

Frum said there were 200 water main breaks in Northbrook in 2012, but ongoing water main improvements will help prevent those in the future. She cited the Techny Road improvement, which was completed a year ahead of schedule thanks to ideal weather during construction periods, installed pipes that could hold one million gallons of storm water. 

She also said a water main below Dundee Rd. would need upgrading soon, and the village has been in talks with the Cook County Forest Preserve to install new Dundee water mains below parts of forest pererve property.

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Nick December 05, 2012 at 06:01 AM
This is the last thing Northbrook needs! How about Northbrook start promoting Ma & Pa businesses in the area! Never shopped at Walmart and never will!
noreen December 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I think she is brilliant we should invite a company that gives no benefits and under pays the employee so they can keep there public aid while working I really want that sounds great. Hey can we open a soup kitchen in northbrook as well.
Billy Bob December 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey, the village "leaders" ran off Costco (a company with the opposite approach to labor relations than Walmart's approach) because Costco didn't fit the snooty yet undeserved image Northbrook has of itself. So what happened? Costco opened up on Northbrook's border In an area many might mistake as being with Northbrook village limits). Glenview gets all the tax revenue and I get to see all my Northbrook neighbors shopping there! Talk about a win-win! A win-win for everybody BUT the village of Northbrook.
Ang December 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
You can't attack Wal-mart on their name -- and horrible reputation -- alone, but what you can do is put a set of standards on retail development that would either chase away Wal-mart, or force them to be a better community contributor. For example: 1) a wage for all workers that puts them above the poverty level, and not on the public teat. 2) at least 75% of staff has to be full-time, with benefits. 3) employees will not be forbidden from forming a union. 4) the store will be inspected yearly and must be maintained visually to community standards. 5) At least 51% (by SKU, not volume) of their merchandise must be manufactured in the USA. #1,2,3 & 4 address known Wal-mart issues. #5 Leans the property towards a supermarket, like Marriano's.
Ang December 05, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Didn't they also chase off Abt when they were looking for their new store? Or was that another foolish village?
noreen December 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
You are correct they did chase away Costco and ABT both bad moves but trust me Walmart is not a good one. I think they should use one of those large parcels and build a new library hey maybe gloncoe and or Winnetka would like to pitch in and use it. We love ther beach they love our pool lets team up with them and make some great things. And maybe we can still get Mariono if we make them the correct offer well I'm driving to rt60 and rt21 to get some groceries.
Meshephelous December 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Do people want Northbrook to look like Glencoe or look like Wheeling? Look East, look West, and make your decision. It's that simple. Look what Walmart has done in EVERY OTHER COMMUNITY. They build a walmart, let it run for 15 years, and then abandon it and build another new store, leaving a blighted big box store and parking lot behind. See Vernon Hills for instance.... Is Walmart going to provide a single northbrook resident with a job? Doubtful. Is Walmart going to cause an influx of low income shoppers and undercut established local businesses? You better believe it. And tax revenue? I was a product of GBN and I had everything I could possible want from my school.... and that was in the era before all the stupid development of the short lived Eugene Marks administration.
L. K. December 06, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Will not attempt to be clever or entertaining, I am AGAINST building a Walmart in Northbrook for many of the reasons already mentioned above. I would like Northbrook to maintain some semblance of an upper echelon community on the North Shore and NOT have it become like Wheeling or Niles. I grew up in Skokie in the 70's and remember when both were still nice, upper-middle class suburbs. IF you are truly against this, call, write, email, text or tweet your opinion to Sandy Frum and the village board. My understanding is there will be a village meeting Dec 11 at the Village of Northbrook Hall- so show up and make your voice heard!
NB resident December 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
There are many reasons why the W*M is a very bad fit for the proposed site. Traffic being the biggest. The other objections (noise, pollution, crime, W*M absence of business ethics, and devalue of property values & community) would be applicable EVERYWHERE. You tout raised tax revenues – based on what? Your extensive research? How much tax revenue will we lose when our existing businesses close? You claim how much Gene Marks loves Northbrook & how much we should welcome him back with open arms – Really? He was voted out of Northbrook by a land slide of the vote after 1 TERM in office! Love Gene cause Gene loves Northbrook? We made this mistake once & that was once too many!! W*M is not a good fit for NORTHBROOK - ANYWHERE. Northbrook has done it’s due-diligence by providing extensive research for Zoning evaluations – this property area was determined to be best fit for Office-Zoning. Now all of the naïve/greedy/ignorant people speak out about how great it would be to have the convenience of a W*M to save us a few bucks every week. While it erodes our community, increases our crime, decreases our quality of living, and pumps millions of dollars into the largest unethical corporation in the world? Sounds like something Gene would stand behind & support…
cynthia kahn January 13, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I feel the same. Walmart is the largest gun seller in the U.S. I thought Glenview would let anything into town but this takes the cake. ITalk about losing our property values in a hurry. Cheap town which is the home of the largest weapons distributor in the northern suburbs. ck
cynthia kahn January 13, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Maybe an indoor pool would be great and also a place to exercise. How about a safe bike trail (which is what Highland P. is doing). If we could build a safe way to get across the Edens then we could get on the bike path in Glencoe and go into the Botanical Gardens. Maybe we could put a high fence on the bridge over the Edens. That would pull us into the North Shore. We are situated where this would be possible. ck
Larry Brown January 23, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Northbrook already looks like a dump, so what difference does it make?

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