Downtown Revitalization Project - 2019
The 2019 Downtown Revitalization Project is a set of public improvements designed to enhance the viability and pedestrian safety of Clarendon Hills' downtown. The project includes three components: 1) Prospect & Burlington Avenue Improvements; 2) Prospect Avenue Railroad Crossing Improvements; 3) Inbound & Outbound Trainstation Improvements. Over the past several years the Village has applied for and been awarded approximately $4 million from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, the West Suburban Mass Transit District, the Illinois Commerce Commission Gate Crossing Protection Fund, and the Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority. These funds will cover close to 50% of the cost of all three components of the Downtown Revitalization Project.
All three components of the Downtown Revitalization Project, described below, are scheduled to start later this year (2019) and be completed in spring 2020.
PROSPECT & BURLINGTON AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS. The 2014 Downtown Master Plan (DTMP) a component of the Village's Comprehensive Plan, listed multiple village initiatives addressing land use, design and economic development issues and goals set for the downtown area. One of the Plan initiatives establishes the following as a priority: "Improve safe pedestrian access to transit by improving pedestrian crossings over streets and the BNSF railroad at South Prospect Avenue." The plan also identified areas for future public plazas and linear parks, designed within a common theme/brand. Soon after the DTMP was adopted, the Village developed streetscape improvement plans for the streets adjacent to the commuter station property, primarily along Burlington Avenue and Prospect Avenues. With these shovel-ready plans in hand, the Village began applying for multiple federal, state and local grants to fund these improvements.
The purpose of this project is to enhance pedestrian safety, improve traffic mobility, and install aesthetic features and landscaping throughout the downtown area of the Village of Clarendon Hills. This will be achieved by shortening crossing widths by incorporating bump-outs, new crosswalk striping, adding drop off locations at the Metra Station, a new lane configuration along Prospect Avenue, and reconfiguring the intersections of Golf Avenue/Burlington Avenue into a single "T" intersection. The project of work consists of the following improvements:
- Prospect Avenue Improvements: There will be new land configurations along Prospect Avenue. At the railroad crossing, the reconfiguration of the north and southbound lanes will allow 14 foot shared bike lane and a northbound left turn only lane. North of Burlington, there will be two travel lanes, both being 16.8 foot shared bike lanes. Curb bump-outs will be constructed that will allow for shorts crosswalks at all legs of the intersections.
- Burlington Avenue Improvements: The intersection of Golf Avenue and Burlington Avenue will become a "T" intersection, closing off the portion of Golf Avenue that curves onto Burlington Avenue. The curve will be reconfigured. Angle parking will be provided along the east side of Golf Avenue.
- Railroad Avenue Improvements: Due to the narrow width of the roadway, Railroad Avenue may become one way westbound. The width of the road between curb bump-outs is 17.75 feet. The width of the travel way is 22 feet, and perpendicular parking will still be maintained along the north side of the street.
- Streetscape Amenities: Brick pavers will be installed at the crosswalks to delineate the pedestrian crossing locations. New bike racks will be installed for both the shoppers as well as commuters. Additional landscaping will be installed to enhance the area. 5. Railroad Crossing Improvements: New railroad gates for vehicles and pedestrians will be installed to provide additional protection at the Prospect Avenue at-grade railroad crossing.
On August 16, 2018, the Village Board authorized an agreement with Terra Engineering, LTD for Engineering Services for the Prospect and Burlington Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project.
RAILROAD CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS. On December 13, 2017, the Village received notice that it would be the recipient from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Gate Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) for the installation of new railroad crossing gates at Prospect Avenue. Historically similar gate crossing projects have cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Under the GCPF program, the municipal benefactor would be responsible for 10% of the construction cost. The new gate system is scheduled to be installed as part of the Prospect & Burlington Ave Improvements in fall 2019. Coordination between the Village, the Illinois Commerce Commission and BNSF Railway is underway.
TRAIN STATION IMPROVEMENTS. In early 2016, the Village commissioned FGM Architects to prepare a Facilities Condition Analysis for various public buildings, including the Train Station. The resulting report provided an assessment of the existing conditions and potential costs over time of repairs, equipment replacement and potential upgrades for fiscal planning purposes. One of the reported results was that the Village’s commuter station and shelter system are in dire need of repair and/or replacement.
Since that time the Village Board has commissioned Legat Architects to develop conceptual layouts and budget estimates, and based on that information, to develop conceptual designs for new facilities along both the inbound (south) and outbound (north) platforms. In May and June 2018, the Downtown Design Review Commission (DTDRC) reviewed and refined the architectural design plans for the proposed commuter facility. On July 16, 2018, the Village Board received and accepted the Downtown Design Review Commission’s recommendation to proceed with design concept plans, prepared by Legat Architects. On September 4, 2018, the Village Board authorized an Agreement with Legat Architects for Construction Design and Management Services for the Train Station Improvement Project.