Design Review Commission Approves Rosewood Beach Redesign

The 4-1 approval brings the proposal, which still includes the controversial interpretive center, one step closer to getting built.

The Rosewood Beach redesign proposal has moved one step closed to becoming a reality.

Months after the Park Board signed off on the proposal, the Highland Park Design Review Commission has voted 4-1 in favor of the plan as well, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rosewood Beach Redesign: The Story So Far

"This project has probably been vetted more than any other project I can remember," commission Chairman Michael Stein told the Tribune. "It's one of the nicest project's I've seen."

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Now that the design has been set, the next step for the plan is approval from the Natural Resources Commission, followed by approval by the Highland Park City Council. The Natural Resources Commission's next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14.

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.

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

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Ed Brill November 09, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Amazingly, the Highland Park News recently ran another story on the RNA's opposition to the interpretive center, citing the "1200 signatures" on the RNA's various petitions. I note that it has been weeks since publication and the RNA has never responded to the total dissection of the credibility of those petitions: http://highlandpark.patch.com/articles/ravinia-neighbors-association-declares-war-over-rosewood Yet they continue to use the talking point. Perhaps they can take a lesson from the losing party in this year's national and state/district elections and stop misrepresenting their supposed mandate. Even the RNA has realized that their online petition was a problem, and they've changed it yet again with new language and a way to obfuscate signatures. So far - only 26 new signatures, and I'm willing to bet they are just as invalid as the last bunch.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Ed, with all respect I don’t know anyone that supports this. I feel this was the ultimate end run around the voters. The park district clams to have had an overwhelmingly high amount of e-mails and phone calls on behalf of it, yet that is just there word. I sincerely doubt they could pass this as a referendum and would lose like they did the first time. Ed I know a lot of people in this town that struggle with their tax bill as it is, certain park board members campaigned on a financially conservative platform only to betray that trust within their first year on the board. In my opinion the parks percentage of my tax bill should not be almost double that of the city’s, maybe it is time to dissolve the park district and fold it in to the city, this is how most municipality’s work.
Cliff Hanger November 09, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Why not a Starbucks and a cup-cake shop too? Is there anything left that remains natural in this once naturally beautiful place?
Ed Brill November 09, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Joe, I can invite you to the Facebook group of people who are in favor...319 members right now despite the fact that it is a "hidden" group (meaning you have to be invited and proactively choose to be part of it). The Park Board lowered their assessment in the first year those candidates were on the board. This is a project that can be covered by budget.
Jack Straw November 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Ed, the way I see it is another my way or the highway mentality from the park district. Yes there is a group of supporters for and a group of supporters for not building. Do I believe that they have 1200 signatures possibly do you have 300 people yes. You both want some form of improvement, yet not one bit of compromise was offered by the park district. People are elected to serve the public yet not a single vote against this. Clearly there are people in this town that are opposed to the construction of the interruptive center, and to not act on that means everyone is not represented. Ok that said, we had grandstanding at Park board meetings over pention abuse and responsible government, but thir actions say something completely diferent. I could introduce you to people that are completely off the politicians radar that had no idea that the HPPD was reintroducing a proposal. The interruptive center is simply a bad idea and no matter what voters say or do they are shown little to no respect.


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