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City Council to Look at Rosewood Redesign

With approval from the park board and two commissions, the Highland Park beach redesign goes before the City Council on Monday. If the council signs off on it, construction could begin next summer.

The long road for the Rosewood Beach redesign proposal may finally be at its end.

Rosewood Beach Redesign: The Story So Far

The plan that the park district board passed in August has recently been approved by both the Design Review and Natural Resource Commission.

On Monday it faces its final obstacle before construction can begin: the Highland Park City Council, who will discuss whether or not to approve the project at its meeting.

The Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners voted in August to approve the Rosewood Beach redesign proposal after over a year of intense planning, beach tours and sometimes heated public debate. 

In addition to the controversial interpretive center that has frequently been the sole component of the plan to provoke opposition from residents, the plan also includes a guard house, restrooms, concessions and a boardwalk.

In June, former City Councilman Steve Mandel said the City Council would sign off on the Park District's plan assuming it meets all land use ordinances the city has in place.

(Mandel has since been elected to the Lake County Board. The appointment of Patch columnist Sally Higginson to his seat will also occur Monday night).

"Whatever we have on our land use ordinance is what we have to look at," Mandel said. "It would have to not meet a standard in our city ordinance … to not vote for it."

City Councilman Paul Frank, on the other hand, said in June he was less sure about how he and other councilmen will vote should the proposal eventually land in the council's agenda.

"No one can say what the ultimate outcome is going to be," Frank said.

Assuming the City Council approves the plan, construction could begin in the summer of 2013. The total estimated cost for the project is $4,661,372.

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Jack Straw December 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Amy’s a good cat Ed, and I have never known her to be a liar. Or someone that would misrepresent the facts. The real truth is most people in Highland Park are unaware of the plan. Now don’t get me wrong I think the basic plan is great. But as I have said many times this Interruptive center is a pure waste of money, and I don’t think it will stand up to Lake Michigan winters for very long.
Jack Straw December 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Ed, your desire to see this built is distracting from any objectivity that you usually show. And honestly you’re treating folk kind of mean. Peace brother.
Ed Brill December 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The statement "A vast majority of residents" ... I don't think that's even true if the clause "...that contacted the Park District" is added. I know that RNA has done a lot of FOIA, but that doesn't count the overall sentiment that few people will contact a government agency in favor of something that has already been established as something the elected officials that represent the community have indicated they support. It's those kind of generalizations that have been frustrating in this whole process. E.g. the RNA claims that "98% of their membership" are in line with their position against the interpretive center, yet they have never actually surveyed the membership nor do they then count the people who dropped out of RNA as a result of this fight. Just trying to stick to facts.
Mel Cohen December 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I see nothing "mean" in Ed Brill's comments.
Michelle Holleman December 11, 2012 at 05:42 AM
The city council voted unanimously in favor of the Rosewood resolution tonight. TIme to move forward.

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