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Mayor Seeks More Retail, Restaurant Space

With Borders and George’s What’s Cooking buildings becoming office buildings, ideas are sought to generate sales tax in Lake Cook corridor.

After two well known Deerfield properties left the sales tax rolls in the last few months, started seeking solutions at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

Frustrated that the former and the former will become medical office buildings, Rosenthal expressed a desire to see properties south of Lake Cook Road generate revenue to the Village.

Though Deerfield and the receive their share of property tax receipts, that real estate is located in Northfield Township with the bulk of the real estate revenue going to schools in Northbrook.

“In downtown we have a first-floor retail requirement otherwise it must be a special use” Rosenthal said Wednesday. “I’m not suggesting we do that in the Lake Cook corridor but we need to look at what we can do.”

Village Manager Kent Street told the mayor he and the staff would look at possibilities and make recommendations to the Board. One possibility is requiring a special use permit for buildings larger than a certain size.

“If we are faced with the loss of retail it will require the Plan Commission to look at what the possibilities are,” Street said Tuesday. “If there is value in it we would likely do it,” he added referring to non retail uses.

A number of non sales tax generating uses could bring customers to other stores and restaurants, according to Street. These would also be good possibilities. He anticipates having recommendations for the Board in May.

RonnieTheLimoDriver April 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I am a big Portillos fan so I decided to ask them to investigate Deerfield. I contacted them and they told me they are not opening any more Portillo's right now because they are focused on a new concept. So much for Portillo's! In the mean time we some good locally owned hot dog stands to frequent.
steve shay April 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I have a great idea! A couple of unemployed people who know how to cook pizza, hot dogs, and ribs, can assemble a salad and whip up an omelet, and enjoy the public, should partner up, find a small to medium storefront in Deerfield, rent it, and open a restaurant. I learned about supply and demand in business class in Deerfield High School. There is a diner here in West Seattle started by a young lady, a former chef onboard a charter boat. She simply rented a small storefront that had some kitchen equipment left over from an out of business Chinese restaurant. Her friends helped her paint it and make minimal improvements. That was last year. She has since expanded into a former insurance office space and there are lines out the door. There was a need, and she filled it.
RonnieTheLimoDriver April 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Steve, people would argue that the demand is not there if the existing places that are run by pros, not newbies, are going out. it also takes a fair amount of capital to open a restaurant. nobody is giving away kitchen equipment around here.
Mike Wagner April 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Change the mayor and board
Mike Wagner April 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
They were and left why come back.

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