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Village To Further Study Deerbrook

Board of Trustees postpones action on shopping center renovation until July 16. Linden Avenue construction project gets approval along with mayoral warning.

Consideration of Deerfield’s will wait two more weeks as the Village Board of Trustees takes a closer look at shopping center owner Gateway Fairview’s request.

Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and Village Manager Kent Street said the item was removed from the agenda of Monday’s meeting to enable experts hired by Deerfield to more closely study the requested sales tax related legislation. Rosenthal and Street expect the matter to be on the agenda for the July 16 meeting.

“We want more study to get the information we need to fully understand the proposal,” Rosenthal said. “We want to get more information from our financial advisor as well as our Village attorney.”

The proposal was on the agenda at the June 18 meeting when Rosenthal suggested it be postponed to gain a broader consensus among the Village Board of Trustees. Two members, Alan Farkas and William Seiden, voiced objections at that gathering.

In other business, the Board approved a resurfacing project for Linden Avenue along with replacement of water and sewer infrastructure which will cost $828,012. The project is expected to begin July 30 and be completed by October 16, according to Assistant Village Engineer Bob Phillips.

Before the Board approved the measure, Phillips assured the Trustees there would be precise communication with the schools to assure they knew of any road closures in advance. Rosenthal was concerned because of issues arising from construction near Wilmot School in the past.

“If there is a need to close a road the schools need to know about it,” Rosenthal said. “It’s a necessity.”

The Board also approved the acquisition of a stump grinder to help with the removal of trees infected with the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle but not before Trustee Thomas Jester suggested the Deerfield Park District share in the expense.

Though the purchase was unanimously approved, Assistant Director of Public Works Brad Fink told Patch after the meeting he intended to talk to the Park District about cooperating. “I’m going to approach them,” he said. “We’ve done that before.”

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Bringin' Down Briarwood July 03, 2012 at 08:29 PM
RE: The community's voice on Deerbrook A neighbor and I both dropped all parties different e-mails on the Deerbrook topic. They have been surprisingly responsive to both of us - well, the mayor, Farkas and Seiden. So I encourage you to make your voice heard. I've learned quite a bit in the process. The one eye-opener from my friend's correspondence is the general mindset. He was told a comparison to the Glen is "a bit of a reach." Very disappointing. Small ideas. He was also told the shopping center on Skokie Valley Rd, NORTH of Lake Cook Rd, is a better comparison. So that gives you an idea of their mindset and target. That's when I wrote my e-mails with my disappointment. Forget whether village investment is a good idea or not. This is a bad concept from word "go." I'm sorry it sounds like the board is only looking at the financing. They should be pressuring the developer much more about the business mix, results and strategy.
Bringin' Down Briarwood July 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
One more thing I encourage all of you to look at. In the last meeting, Trustee Seiden mentioned the benefits Northbrook gains from real estate taxes at Deerbrook. In fact, it's unclear whether they receive greater real estate income than Deerfield. It's reasonably close. So my simple question, why is Northbrook not funding part of this? Have they been approached?
Bringin' Down Briarwood July 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Be happy they brought in the experts. I watched as the developer tried to explain the financing to the trustees, and it was amateur hour for the trustees. After seeing that, unfortunately, I think the Board should consider more than a financing consultant.
Phil Abuster July 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I agree with BDB, Mara, and Barry. This town has so much to offer but when you look at the surrounding burbs they seem to have attracted so many worthwhile businesses while Deerfield looks like a ghost town. We need a group of forward thinking and business minded pros to get to work on the Deerfield of tomorrow, oh wait - isn't that why we elected the Mayor and the board? It's not enough for them to agree we have issues, what is their plan of action?
A Deer in a Field July 03, 2012 at 10:56 PM
What a prudent use of funds - hire experts to study a really stupid and deeply unpopular idea.

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