Projects, Plans & Programs

Village departments are often engaged in a variety of projects, programs and studies. This section provides information on some of the current research and/or process improvement projects that are of the greatest public interest.

Cypress Area Public Improvements

The Cypress Area Public Improvements project, slated for spring construction in 2019, will address flooding problems within the neighborhood roughly bordered by West Noyes Street, West Magnolia Street, South Arlington Heights Road and South Ridge Ave. Check here for latest update on project.
This project is identified as one of the Village’s top projects that resulted from comprehensive flood control studies that were done. The Village prioritized projects that were identified by the studies based on funding availability and the number of homes and businesses positively affected by the completed work. The Village Board recently approved $7.1 million in contracts for this project, which will help reduce street and surface flooding in the flood-prone area.

Three phases of the project include stormwater improvements, watermain replacement and roadway construction.  

Stormwater improvements include enlarging the detention basin located at West Cypress and South Arlington Heights Road. The project work also includes the installation of larger diameter storm water pipes in select portions of the area to convey greater quantities of storm water to the basin. During construction, the Village will also use trenchless technology to line 11,000 linear feet of aging water mains located within backyard easements and certain roads of the project area. This technology to line the water mains is called “cured in place lining.”

Sections of roads in the project area that have been scheduled for reconstruction or resurfacing as part of the Village’s annual road maintenance program, will be done as part of the overall Cypress Area Storm Improvements Project. 

Sections of Cypress Street, Highland Avenue, Vail Avenue and Dunton Avenue will be reconstructed which includes removal of street down to the subgrade, including curb and gutter. The curb and gutter is installed and the new street is replaced with asphalt. This project may also require grade changes, so the driveway approaches are completely removed and replaced from the sidewalk to the curb.  

Resurfacing will take place on portions of White Oak Street and Evergreen Avenue, which will include intermittent replacement of curbs and resurfacing of the street after it has been milled.

If you have any questions regarding the project work, please contact the Public Works Department at 847.368.5800.

Hickory Kensington Area Plan

In 1991, the Village Board amended the Comprehensive Plan by designating several areas as redevelopment project areas as part of the Comprehensive Planning Program. One area designated was the Hickory/Kensington area, defined by Dryden Avenue on the east, Miner Street on the north, Northwest Highway on the south, and Belmont Avenue on the west.

Phase One Parking Improvements & Final Parking Study

A comprehensive assessment of downtown parking needs was conducted in May, June and July of 2018 by Rich and Associates, Parking Consultants retained by the Village of Arlington Heights.

A Phase One Parking Improvement Plan, resulting from the conducted study, was approved by the Village Board in January, 2019.

Background of Parking Study
With a vibrant downtown consisting of multi-story residential unit developments, retail shops, restaurants, offices, entertainment and other community assets, Village officials are looking to understand how the existing and future parking supply can be efficiently managed and support the many activities of downtown Arlington Heights.

Much of the assessment begins with the detailed utilization counts that were conducted in May, June and July of 2018.

During each of these months, three sequential days of counts (Thursday,Friday and Saturday) totaling nine survey dates provided information regarding on-street parking occupancy, public and private off-street parking occupancy and floor-by-floor parking utilization in the Vail, North and Evergreen underground garages. Nearly 100 percent of the available parking supply was included as part of this assessment.

Rand Road Corridor Study

The Village Board approved a study to be undertaken by Teska Associates on the Corridor Beautification Plan for Rand Road.  This stretch of Rand Road is a crucial retail district to the Village of Arlington Heights, 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.