Transit-oriented; mixed-use development comprised of residential and retail.
Project Completion: November 2014
Midtown Square is a transit-oriented Class A multifamily community in downtown Glenview and is walking distance to Glenview Metra train Station. Midtown Square is a 215,000-square-foot building, featuring 138 luxury apartment units and 9,000 square feet of first floor retail space, including a drive-thru. Midtown Square offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Community Amenities include covered heated garage parking, club room, 24-hour fitness center, business center, wine room, pool table, Wi-Fi coffee lounge, secured bicycle storage and access control with telephone intercom. Midtown Square is pet friendly and features a dog washing station. Midtown Square won the “Best Block” Charter Award by Illinois Congress for the New Urbanism.
Opportunity, Solutions & Outcomes
The site was an assemblage of four separately owned parcels, occupied by nine tenants, including a vacant bank, two office buildings and the Village fire station headquarters, totaling approximately 2.7 acres. Despite the existing land use, the mixed-use opportunity was driven by the form-based zoning code, within the downtown district. Midtown Square is the first development to be approved under the new form-based planning approach. The adjacent land uses, as well as the community planning process drove the aesthetic, mass, bulk and height of the development by playing off of the surrounding uses. The project wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the civic spirit of Glenview. The municipality was dedicated to revitalizing their downtown that had struggled to attract retailers and businesses for over a decade. The Village elected to relocate their existing fire station headquarters to another location to make way for Midtown Square with the goal of enlivening the downtown for residents and visitors of Glenview.
Before commencing the formal entitlement process, our team met with numerous businesses and residents to gather feedback on the proposed development. This allowed their input to be incorporated into the design and created a sense of community among the key stakeholders. Meeting with the community and involving them early in the process allowed a complex project to be unanimously supported at all levels.