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PARKVIEW
 APARTMENTS
A 7-story mixed use building with a total of 45 residential  rental apartment units with a small commercial space on the first-floor is being proposed at 212 N. Dunton Avenue.  The property is zoned B-5, Central Business District and is approximately 0.4 acres (17,424 square feet) in area.  The proposal includes 16 one bedroom, 24 two bedroom, and 5 three bedroom apartments that would be located on floors three through seven.  Nineteen (19) units will be available as affordable rental units.  Parking is located on the first and second floors and approximately 1,254 square feet of leasable commercial space on the first-floor. Final approval was granted in February 2015. The developer plans to begin construction in March 2016.



HICKORY KENSINGTON AREA:  TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT

BACKGROUND
In 2012, the Village held numerous public meetings with property owners and nearby residents to discuss the Hickory Kensington Area Plan.  The Plan, which was approved by the Village Board in January 2013, amended the Village's Comprehensive Plan setting forth Goals and Objectives and specific Recommendations and Actions to implement the Plan.  Recommendation #4 was to rezone the area to allow for residential and mixed use development up to five floors.  The Village Board subsequently rezoned the area in June 2013, again after numerous public meetings.  Recommendation #7 is to evaluate the use of Tax Increment Financing to provide a mechanism to assist with redevelopment, including the provision of extensive public infrastructure in support of future redevelopment.  The Village Board in July 2013, authorized hiring Kane McKenna and Associates to conduct a Qualification Report to determine if the area qualified as a Tax Increment Financing District pursuant to State law.  The report was presented to the Village Board in November 2013, at which time the Board authorized Kane McKenna to draft the TIF Redevelopment Plan and for staff to commence the public process to consider a TIF District.  The TIF District was approved by the Village Board on July 21, 2014.  Planning & Community Development Staff will now commence with plan implementation.

Please click here for the Hickory Kensington TIF Redevelopment Plan.
Please click here for the Public Process for the Proposed Tax Increment Financing District.
Please click the icon to the left to view the Hickory Kensington Area Plan approved on 2013.

Design Guidelines approved October 14, 2014.





NEW BUSINESS UPDATES IN ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
 
Business development in Arlington Heights continues to be strong in 2016.  Through September, the Village has welcomed nearly 90 new businesses, filling 485,000 square feet of formerly vacant space and bringing over 2,200 new jobs to the community. Among the economic development highlights in Arlington Heights so far in 2016:
  • The first phase of the Arlington Downs development project, One Arlington, is  complete and leasing to tenants.  One Arlington offers over 200 brand new luxury rentals with an array of high-end amenities.  When complete, the $250 million project on nearly 30 acres will include more luxury residential units, a new hotel, a water park, and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space.
  • 25N Coworking is opening in late 2016 in the ground floor space of the One Arlington building, part of the Arlington Downs project.  Village Staff worked closely with ownership of 25N Coworking to bring their 2nd Chicago-area location to the Village.  Unique to the Northwest suburbs, 25N offers a variety of office space rental options from open cubicles to private offices.  Members receive 24-hour access privileges as well.
  • Ark Pharm, a supplier and manufacturer of research compunds and solutions, has relocated to Arlington Heights, bringing 13 new workers to the community.  The company was approved for a Cook County Class 6b incentive in May, allowing them to relocate to Arlington Heights and grow their expanding enterprise in a formerly vacant 15,000 square foot space.
  • DevLinks is an automation and robotics manufacturer that recently relocated to the Village.  The growing company also reoccupied 35,000 square feet of formerly vacant space.
  • E3 Diagnostics relocated to Arlington Heights, bringing 35 employees to the community and occupying 30,000 square feet of previously vacant space.  E3 Diagnostics conducts the sale and supply of hearing testing equipment.
  • HSBC has opened their new North American headquarters in Arlington Heights, bringing 1,500 workers to the Village.  The North American unit of the London-based financial services firm moved to a 162,396-square-foot office at 1421 W. Shure Drive.
  • This year’s Arlington Economic Alliance Breakfast was held on May 4th at Ditka’s Arlington Heights.  We had an excellent program entitledRacing Forward…The Present and Future Economic Impact of Arlington Park”.  Those in attendance learned about the value that the iconic racing venue brings to the community and its businesses, as well as the track’s plans for 2016.  The featured speakers were Howard Sudberry, Tony Petrillo, and Alyssa Ali from Arlington International Racecourse.  Mayor Tom Hayes and Alliance Chairman Tony Guido also presented.  Over 80 business owners and community stakeholders were in attendance which also included a Q&A session for the featured speakers.
  • The Village of Arlington Heights has approved a Zero Interest Loan for Sozo Nail Spa.  The beauty salon has used the loan to help grow their presence in Arlington Heights.  The program is a revolving loan fund to be repaid in full by the recipients in order to help fund future businesses and their growth.  If you are a business owner, or know of a business that could potentially benefit from such an incentive, please contact the Planning & Community Development Department at 847-368-5220.
  • Arlington Heights welcomes 10 new restaurants to the community, offering a variety of cuisines from bbq to Korean, and from sit-down to fast casual.  The Village continues to thrive as an exciting dining destination for the Chicago area.

We anticipate a strong finish to 2016 for Arlington Heights.  To find out about other business openings and all the latest news, 'like us' on the Village of Arlington Heights Facebook page.  Also, visit the Business Development News page for past and current business development news.  Here are some projects that are underway in 2016:



















ARLINGTON DOWNS
A unique mixed used style development with commercial, hotel, recreation, and residential uses on the former Sheraton Hotel site located on Euclid Avenue.  For more information please click on the New Development Corner link.


















NOKIA NETWORKS
The VIllage Board approved a Cook County Business incentive for Nokia Siemens Networks.  Total employment at Nokia Siemens in Arlington Heights is 1,000 full time employees.  As a result Nokia Siemens made a multi-million dollar investment at their Arlington Heights facility and retain their business in the community.  This is a vital business retention initiative.   

















BUSINESS TESTIMONIALS

The Village of Arlington Heights and the Planning & Community Development Department is proud to work with our business partners in facilitating great business and development opportunities in the community.  Our team of professionals are ready to assist your business needs.  Several businesses have provided testimonials to tell their story about their experiences and the tremendous relationship between the Village of Arlington Heights and the business community. Businesses large and small, old and new, are telling their story about why Arlington Heights is such a great community for all their business needs.  Business Testimonials.



RAND ROAD CORRIDOR STUDY
In April, the Village Board approved a study to be undertaken by Teska Associates on the Rand Road commercial corridor.  This stretch of Rand Road is a crucial retail district to the Village of Arlington Hegihts, providing significant amounts of sales tax and employment opportunities.  In working with Village Staff, Teska Associates is tasked with helping establish an identity for the Uptown shopping corridor by identifying potential improvements to enhance the area as a shopping destination.











 


HOMES FOR A CHANGING REGION
- FINAL REPORT

The Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (the "Collaborative"), consisting of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mt. Prospect, Palatine and Rolling Meadows, formed via an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in 2011 to develop sub-regional solutions that address short and long term housing needs of participating communities.  Homes for a Changing Region is a project provided to each of the Collaborative communities free-of-charge by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) and CMAP's LTA program with staff support from the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC).  Homes provides technical assistance for municipal leaders to chart future demand and supply trends for housing in their communities, and works with municipal leaders throughout the Home process to develop long-term housing policy plans.  Homes plans are not land use plans and do not focus on specific parcels. 

A Fact Sheet concerning the Homes process for Arlington Heights, the Polling Exercise Results from the Arlington Heights public workshop and the  Final Report are available in the Document Center.  Questions about the report should be directed to Nora Boyer at 847-368-5214 or nboyer@vah.com



Home Remodeling

SINGLE FAMILY REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM
The Village of Arlington Heights provides loans to low and moderate income homeowners to make home repairs.  Eligible home repairs are those needed to bring the home into compliance with Village Code and may include items such as new roofs, electric and plumbing work, structural repairs and improvements to improve handicapped accessibility.  Decorative remodeling and room additions are not eligible.  The loans are 0% interest.  There are no monthly payments.  The loan is repaid from the proceeds of the sale when the home is eventually sold.  Click here for more information.


Guide for Local Businesses


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SIGN TOOL KIT
The Staff has developed a Sign Tool Kit for Local Businesses.  This is an on-going effort on behalf of the Village to outreach to local businesses and sign companies in regards to the current sign code.  The intent is to showcase positive examples of signs and graphically convey the most common types of signs.  Some of the positive examples are featured as "Project Highlights" and show how various businesses use signs as part of a branding strategy.  Click here for more information.

 

Tools and Technology for Planners



THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS
The Department of Planning and Community Development will feature examples of various tools and technology, which are used to assist in the decision making process. Click here for more information.

 

 

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