Welcome to Glencoe's Downtown Tuneup, the project website and collaborative workspace for residents and stakeholders to interact, share ideas, and help make Downtown Glencoe even better.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Tudor Court planning process over the last several months. The Village Board reviewed the planning outcomes earlier this year. A rendering and brief summary of the Concept Plan follows.
In collaboration with the Park District, there was a great deal of positive feedback on the concept of terminating Glencoe Drive.
There was general support for gateway treatments that are visible from Vernon Ave, Park Ave and Green Bay Road.
There was support to enhance the existing Walkway which connects Tudor Court with Park Avenue and Downtown Glencoe. As the walkway exists on BMO Bank site, improvement would need to be coordinated with the property owner.
There was support to improve upon the existing crossing and drop off conditions between the Tudor Court Walkway and Writers Theatre entry.
There was interest in using streetscape furnishings and amenities to distinguish Tudor Court as a special area. Furnishings and amenities may include pedestrian scale enhancements such as underlit seatwalls, benches, swings and litter/recycling receptacles. There was support for indirect and accent lighting such as lighted bollards, integrated seatwall lighting and overhead festoon lighting.
There are critical elements that should be connected to a comprehensive wayfinding signage system. A wayfinding system may be considered Village-wide to support community shopping, dining and destinations, such as those along Tudor Court.
There was a great deal of interest in on-street parking. The Concept Plan contemplates a relatively parking neutral system that generally continues the existing parking pattern, including parallel parking at the south and diagonal parking at the north.
While Tudor Court is intended to support typical driving, parking and drop-off functions, people places are integrated to support pedestrian activity and gathering associated with a vibrant downtown. Connections to downtown and the Metra station invite activity into Tudor Court. Sidewalks are depicted at their maximum width, with limited obstructions, to provide for safe, comfortable, and accessible movement. Seating areas depict clustered seating areas with a variety of bench types, planter pots and pole mounted lights.