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Special Projects

This page contains information regarding the following Community Development Department special projects:

 Proposed CA Residential Mixed Use Development – Elm & Lincoln (Former One Winnetka Site)

At the November 5, 2019, Village Council meeting, the Council will review a concept plan application by CA Residential for a proposed five-story mixed-use planned development at the southeast corner of Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue (the former One Winnetka development site).  The applicant has submitted two potential development options, each option consisting of commercial space on the ground floor and rental apartments on the upper floors. The two options are summarized as follows:

Option 1– Includes a mixed use development on privately owned property, which would consist of:

  • 135 residential rental units consisting of studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms,
  • 19,230 square feet of commercial space, including 4,095 of office space along Lincoln, and
  • 156 parking spaces on the ground floor and lower levels.

Option 2– Includes a mixed use development on privately owned property as well as a portion of the Village’s surface parking lot, which would consist of:

  • 168 residential rental units consisting of studios, 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms,
  • 21,050 square feet of commercial space, including 4,094 of office space along Lincoln, and
  • 205 parking spaces on the ground floor and lower levels.

Additional information can be found here:

Questions about this project can be directed to David Schoon, Director of Community Development.


New Planned Development Process: In April 2019, the Village Council amended the planned development application process to provide an applicant with an opportunity to receive initial feedback from the Council prior to an applicant submitting a formal preliminary planned development application.  Any Council member may make any comments, suggestions, or recommendations regarding the concept plan that they deem necessary or appropriate; these viewpoints are also only advisory and the opinion of the individual expressing them. No final or binding action is taken at this preliminary conceptual review. Nothing said or done during the concept review shall be deemed to create, or to prejudice, any rights of the Applicant or to obligate the Village Council to approve or deny any preliminary plan application.    

During the formal preliminary application process, the public will be notified of the public hearings and meetings before the Planned Development Commission and the Design Review Board through a combination of a newspaper notice, sign notices posted on the site, and a mail notice sent to property owners within 250 feet of the Subject Property.  In addition, the Village will use E-Winnetka, its weekly digital newsletter,  to inform the community of these meetings.

The following links are charts summarizing the planned development process:

 One Winnetka

On August 6, 2019, Winnetka’s Village Council voted unanimously to repeal approvals for the One Winnetka development project due to the developer’s non-compliance with the development agreement and zoning approvals. The Village has also filed a complaint in court against the developer to compel action on numerous property maintenance issues.

The development agreement required that the developer provide a third-party financial guaranty of completion on or before November 18, 2018. It also required the developer to close on the Conney’s Pharmacy property and record the Plat of Subdivision no later than June 29, 2019. Both deadlines were missed, and caused a default of the agreement.

“Under all of the zoning approvals, the developer’s failure to meet the Plat of Subdivision date authorizes the Village Council to terminate their approvals,” said Peter Friedman, Village Attorney, before the Council voted to repeal the zoning approvals on August 6. “Section 13 of the development agreement says that the development agreement terminates automatically if the zoning approvals must terminate.”

Friedman noted that progress had been made in addressing property maintenance issues, including the provision of alarm monitoring services and removal of combustibles throughout most of the buildings. Concerns remain about the buildings being weather-tight and about unauthorized access to the buildings and trespassing in the vacant properties. Village staff will continue to monitor the properties and perform inspections.

The properties remain privately owned, and any issues relating to their maintenance or sale are matters for the property owner. The Village continues to monitor the vacant buildings for health, building code, and safety issues.

“The One Winnetka site continues to offer the opportunity for a great development project,” said Rob Bahan, Village Manager. “Winnetka remains open for business and welcomes conversations about future site opportunities.”

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