Year in review: the height of the outlook
Aside from mask warrants, COVID fire, rising prices and strange weather conditions, Prospect Heights has dealt with its own issues in 2021, from fighting the floods to a sigh of relief after a local pilot survived. to a helicopter crash. In no particular order, here are the Top 10 Articles in the Prospect Heights Journal of the Year.
Prospect Heights Park District officials continued to seek public input on the renovation or replacement of the Gary Morava Recreation Center and / or Lions Park Pool on Camp McDonald Road. Architects were hired earlier in the year to examine the uses of the space. Ideas were shared at a community meeting in September. The results of an investigation were expected in mid-December. The plan, according to the park district, is for the architects’ designs to be shared at a public meeting next spring with a final presentation to park board members next July.
A new executive director for the Chicago Executive Airport was appointed in mid-October after several years with Jamie Abbott at the helm. Airport board members have appointed Jeffrey Miller, who most recently served as airport manager at Laredo International Airport in Texas, as the next day-to-day manager of CEA. He started his five-year contract on November 1. “I am very excited to join the Chicago Executive Airport team, which is poised to experience tremendous growth,” Miller said. Chicago Executive is jointly owned and operated by Prospect Heights and Wheeling. Abbott resigned his post on May 31.
Eye on Allstate
Allstate’s plans to move out of the insurance company’s huge office campus in Northfield Township, just east of Prospect Heights, have caught the attention of city officials and local residents. At some point in the past decade, the Aldermen of Prospect Heights seriously considered development possibilities in this part of town along Sanders Road south of Willow. The plans, including an apartment complex project, never materialized, however. At the end of the year, Allstate announced a $ 232 million deal to sell most of the 186-acre campus to a Nevada-based developer, who intends to build data centers or warehouses for e-commerce logistics on the site.
An area of Prospect Heights long plagued by flooding during heavy rains received a boost in late September. Aldermen approved spending of $ 593,335 for the Arlington Countryside Pumping Station, a first step in a long-awaited project to protect homes from stormwater damage. Located west of Rand Road, Arlington Countryside sits in a topographic “bowl”, they told aldermen. Rand Road has been described as a “dam” preventing water from flowing out during violent events. Future plans call for the construction of a 4,800 sq. Ft. Lot. storm drain to McDonald Creek, with funding of $ 2 million provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
Homage to Meyer
City council rooms were packed on August 23 as authorities recognized Jerry Meyer, the city’s former mayor, for his 50 years of service to Prospect Heights. Meyer had announced his intention to step down from the Prospect Heights Police & Fire Commission, a position he had held since 2011. His children and grandchildren stood ready to deliver a touching speech. Meyer’s civil service dates back to the town’s incorporation efforts in 1976. In addition to his time as an elected official, he is also considered a “founding father” of the town’s police department which began in 1990 For all of his work in the community, Meyer was presented with a Golden Key to the City.
Prospect Heights woke up to the news of a helicopter crash on the east side of town on the morning of Wednesday, August 11. The helicopter, carrying only its pilot, had taken off from nearby Chicago Executive Airport moments earlier before falling sideways near Milwaukee. Avenue and River Road at approximately 6:45 am The pilot sustained only minor injuries and was transported to Glenbrook Hospital. A preliminary report from the NTSB indicates that the pilot encountered an engine problem before “putting the helicopter into autorotation and selecting a route to land on.”
New fiscal district
The aldermen approved in July the creation of the Prospect Pointe / Muir Park Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. A joint review committee from other local tax districts approved the new TIF in April. A redevelopment plan for the area, located north of Palatine Road and east of Elmhurst Road, calls for the construction of a 69-unit townhouse subdivision and the rehabilitation of Muir Park. Lexington Homes requested public assistance from TIF to help finance parts of the development project. The city also plans to use TIF funds to fund stormwater management improvements and sidewalk extensions in the area.
Return of the parade
In May, city officials discussed plans for a “motorized” Independence Day parade to keep groups at bay amid lingering concerns over COVID-19. After the complete cancellation of the 2020 parade, this year’s version came true on the morning of Saturday, July 3. The parade started at St. Alphonsus and continued west on Willow Road to Schoenbeck before ending at Betsy Ross School. After more than a year of COVID-19 and finally declining positivity rates, the event offered a return to normal that had cheerful spectators and attendees alike.
Dash joins the board
Prospect Heights resident Danielle Dash took over as the 4th arrondissement city council representative in the April election. Dash won the contested race, 258 to 102, against Mariusz Folta to fill the seat vacated by Pat Ludvigsen, who left 4th Hall earlier this year. Dash was appointed by Mayor Nick Helmer ahead of the election. There were two years remaining in the four-year term of council headquarters. Dash previously served as chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Appeal Board.
Distribution in progress
City leaders smiled when ZenLeaf, Prospect Heights’ first adult recreational cannabis dispensary, began operations earlier this year at a former bank on Rand and Willow Roads. Mayor Nick Helmer was the guest of honor at the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony and was its first official customer at the end of December 2020. as well as a fair amount of tax revenue for a community in need… It ‘ is a win for everyone, ”said David Spreckman, senior director of communications for ZenLeaf. Sales taxes are expected to generate new revenue for the city.
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