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What Do You Want Meadow Plaza To Look Like?

Cast your vote for one of the options consultants have presented to revitalize Northbrook's downtown.

Ask any Northbrook resident, and they probably have an opinion on Meadow Plaza, the horseshoe-shaped shopping center at Meadow Road and Cherry Lane.

Maybe the former Walgreens and Blockbuster stores, now vacant, should be razed. Maybe the vacant properties should be broken up to house smaller businesses, perhaps even an arts center. Maybe it's as simple as adding some trees. Or maybe nothing should be done at all.

As part of , consultant Teska Associates presented several different plans for Meadow Plaza.

Those plans vary from a simple "rejuvenation," consisting of a spruced up parking lots and storefronts, to a total rehaul involving a new parking garage combined with residences and restaurants facing the river.

Occupancy of the vacant storefronts, however, is complicated by the fact that Walgreens has paid its lease through 2024--giving the developer little incentive to try to fill the property.

What do you think should be done with Meadow Plaza? Cast your vote below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Michelle Hinca October 25, 2011 at 05:33 PM
"Turning around" the downtown area was accomplished in my hometown. It can also be a very gradual process as building owners begin to understand the benefits. The plaza still needs a draw with a wider customer base than the hardware store - a Trader Joe's or another type of business that attracts traffic.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) October 25, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Michelle, thanks for your comment. What do other people think? Would a Trader Joe's do the trick? What other major businesses would you like to see in Meadow Plaza?
Gigi October 25, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Please no more banks and we have enough starbucks! Let's get something new and refreshing!
Elizabeth Manaster October 25, 2011 at 10:13 PM
How about a music venue with a small plate type restaurant like Space in Evanston. The walls could even be used as an art gallery. Space North!
Jenny Stringer October 26, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Isn't a dollar store opening up over there?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) October 26, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Jenny, thanks for your comment. The official word from developer Jay Heitman, who owns the Walgreens and Blockbuster properties, is that he was approached by a dollar store, among other potential businesses. Last I spoke to him, he said he couldn't comment specifically on a dollar store and that he was considering multiple tenants for the property.
Concerned 04 October 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM
A dollar store, really? That's going to rejuvenate downtown Northbrook? What we need to do is take a hard look in the mirror and ask what we want downtown NBK to look like and do we want to spend the money to get there. Downtown Highland Park is the model to emulate but that would require major construction and development on Shermer. Or we can give up this dream of some huge shopping area, acknowledge that Northbrook Court is only a five minute drive away and rightsize downtown NBK with less shops and more parks and greenery.
Ian Robinson October 26, 2011 at 11:43 PM
I think a Foodstuffs would be a perfect fit for our downtown. The one in Glenview and the one in Downtown Glencoe have great traffic and would give us a quick fresh and healthy option in our downtown. The combo of deli carryout and retail it brings would be fabulous.

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