The properties commonly referred to as the “One Winnetka” site, located at the southeast corner of Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue, are now owned by the lender for the previously approved One Winnetka project. The lender is currently working with Murphy Development Group on redevelopment plans for the site.
Proposed Amended Preliminary Planned Development
The Murphy Development Group has filed a preliminary planned development plan application (the “Applicant”), as the designee of the property owner, RIC (Winnetka Lincoln) LLC (the “Owner”), who owns 714-16 Elm Street, 718-732 Elm Street, 740 Elm Street, 511 Lincoln Avenue, and 515 Lincoln Avenue. The Owner also has under contract 736 Elm Street (the former Conney’s Pharmacy site), which together with the other properties make up the Subject Property. The designated architect for the project is OKW Architects, LLC.
The preliminary plan includes a four-story mixed use planned development for the property, consisting of:
- Approximately 59 residential rental units with 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units,
- 20,955 square feet of commercial space, and
- A total of 152 parking spaces consisting of 39 spaces at ground level for the commercial uses and 113 spaces on the lower level for the residential uses.
On Thursday, June 15, 2023, the Design Review Board held its second public hearing to review the design of the proposed building and streetscape as part of its consideration of recommending approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow the construction of the project on the Subject Property. After reviewing the revised plans submitted by the Applicant, the Board unanimously recommended approval of the design with a few conditions.
On Wednesday, July 19, the Planned Development Commission held a public hearing on approvals for a plat of consolidation, the preliminary planned development plan, and associated zoning exceptions and special uses. Overall, the Commission responded favorably to the project and the requested zoning and subdivision relief; however, Commission members did express a concern granting special use approval for the medical uses and the financial service uses without knowing who the tenants might be. The Commission continued the public hearing to August 14, to continue its discussion of the application.
On Monday, August 14, the Planned Development Commission held the continued public hearing on the proposed planned development. After discussing the Applicant’s amended proposal regarding the request for medical and financial service uses and making some minor adjustments to the proposal, the Commission unanimously recommended approval of the planned development, including the special uses for the medical and financial uses, subject to conditions on the medical and financial service uses.
The Design Review Board and Planned Development Commission’s recommendations will be presented to the Village Council for consideration at a future Council meeting. Once that date has been determined, it will be posted on this webpage. (For further information regarding the Village’s planned development review process, please see the "Planned Development Process" section below.)
January 2023 Proposed Amended Concept Planned Development
At the January 17, 2023 Village Council meeting, the Council reviewed an amended planned development concept plan filed by Murphy Development Group (the “Applicant”), as the designee of the property owner, RIC (Winnetka Lincoln) LLC (the “Owner”), that owns 714-16 Elm Street, 718-732 Elm Street, 740 Elm Street, 511 Lincoln Avenue, and 515 Lincoln Avenue (the “Subject Property”). The development group also has under contract the property at 736 Elm Street. The designated architect for this planned development project is OKW Architects, LLC. (For further information regarding the Village’s planned development review process, please see the Planned Development Process section below.)
January 2023 Concept Plan from the Elm Street perspective
Planned Development Process
The first major step in the planned development review process is a concept plan review. The purpose of the Village Council’s review of a concept plan application is to broadly acquaint the Village Council with an applicant’s proposal and provide the applicant with any preliminary views or concerns that members of the Council may have. A review early in the process allows an applicant to make adjustments to their plans prior to expending the funds necessary to prepare the complete documentation required for a preliminary plan application.
If an applicant decides to proceed with the project following feedback from the Village Council, they would submit a preliminary planned development application composed of all of the required documents for consideration by the Planned Development Commission and the Design Review Board. Property owners within 250 feet of the Subject Property would then be notified of these meetings by mail notice. In addition, a notice would be published in the local newspaper, and a sign notice would be posted on the Subject Property. Once the advisory bodies have completed their respective reviews, the Village Council considers the advisory bodies’ findings and recommendations on the preliminary plan and votes to grant, deny, or modify the planned development application, or the Village Council may return the matter to the Planned Development Commission or Design Review Board for further consideration.
Provided the preliminary plan is approved by the Village Council, the Applicant then needs to submit a final plan for the Village Council’s consideration. If the Council finds that the final plan substantially conforms to the approved preliminary plan, the Council would approve the final plan.