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Deerbrook Owners Pull Plug on Renovation

Mayor announces development at Monday’s Village Board meeting. Peapod proposes drive-up facility and police chief comments on arrest of Deerfield teens in Highland Park Burglary.

Economic uncertainty was one of the reasons told the Deerfield Village Board of Trustees it would not continue its current redevelopment project of the shopping center.

Mayor Harriet Rosenthal made the announcement just before the public comment section of Monday’s meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

“(Gateway Fairview) has advised the Village they are withdrawing their request for public redevelopment assistance and not pursuing their proposed project at this time,” Rosenthal said. “The overall challenges presented by the economy caused them to reassess their strategy for Deerbrook.”

Among other things, the shopping center owners are concerned with the financial uncertainty surrounding Supervalue, the parent company of Jewel. The mayor said the Village is looking forward to continuing to work with mall ownership.

In other business, the Board gave Peapod unanimous approval for a grocery pickup facility at the former Amcore Bank building near the Lake Cook Road Metra station. Peapod ownership is looking at some similar sites in the area and Deerfield may be the first.

Earlier in the meeting, Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis gave a report on crime in Deerfield the first half of 2012 indicating it was down slightly from the same period a year ago.

After questions by members of the Board about drug activities, Sliozis indicated it was not a serious issue but commented on the recent arrest of . “It’s a perfect example of why we have to,” he said referring to the vigilance his department maintains.

Patch will have more detailed stories on all of these subjects as the week progresses.

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RB August 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It would not surprise me that Sears had a 10 year lease. 10 years is right around the corner too. When Malk decided to develop the Southeast quadrant of Downtown, the Village exercised imminent domain rights and closed the True Value, the liquor store, and the small chinese restaurant. So it is possible for the Village to move business out. Now, we have a giant parking lot with tiny parking spaces and narrow aisles because the Village insisted on more parking than the lot could handle. The lot was supposed to have nice trees too. Unless the Village and developer hire an excellent consultant and get commitments from retailers that understand Deerfield/Northbrook (don't just go by demographics- hello Cabella's) doing nothing is better than a haphazard approach like we were about to get. Our board loves Deerfield but lives in the past.
Bringin' Down Briarwood August 25, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That's one of the better assessments I've seen of this entire situation (with good history behind it). I don;t know if I agree that doing nothing is the long-term solution. But for this particular instance, I agree it was a smart move. Steve, please, please help us understand some of the thought processes that went into this potential deal. Who was driving it? Who was in favor of it? What was the eventual demise of the whole thing? Is there a chance it will pop up on the radar again? What does the developer plan on doing? Is the village going to take any active next steps? Will they do anything differently? Who will be leading the charge for next steps?
Charlie September 03, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We moved into Deerfield about 30 years ago. It was a sleepy little town with a downtown area reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell picture circ 1950. That is why we moved in. Over the following decades Deerfield grew with building upscale housing and several shopping centers. But it lacked a vision and is now paying the price. Before the board votes on one more request for a tiff, or business license, they should develop a plan. A vision, if you will, of where they see Deerfield in 10 years and 20 years. Then engage business partners to come in and help bring that vision to fruition. To piece together a couple of retail strip centers is a shallow and unprofitable course. Deerfield is proof of that and residents are going to pay dearly for that failure in real estate taxes and possibly lower real estate values. Time is now to start talking about the Deerfield vision, for our kids sake if nothing else.
Rich M November 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
You are right on the money. I've lived all but 5 years since 1979 in Highland Park (1 of those 5 in Deerfield) and it has always been night and day between HP and DF. Downtown DF tried to develop, but look at the Lake-Cook-Waukegan intersection. I have countless memories of the old Deerbrook Mall, but seriously, it's like North Park Mall in Villa Park. What's next there - a FLEA Market?! I work in Northbrook right off Pfingsten and Lake-Cook and I'd love to see more restaurants close by. But the village board in DF keeps scaring them away! Chili's, Macaroni Grill, On The Border all left (not because of poor sales either). Portillo's was going to be coming to DF (yes!) and your stupid Village said NO! HP is about to renovate the movie theater downtown too. There is no comparison. HP has the best downtown in the area, the lake, the boat launch, Ravinia, the Crossroads.Skokie Blvd corridor, somebody stop me! Even the Rosebud in DF is a joke compared to the old HP one. Deerfield, PLEASE do something great with Deerbrbook. This is the time to make it happen. Uncertain about Jewel? Get rid of them. That Jewel is old. Open a Mariano's in Deerbrook. You'll have a ton of cars in that lot. Get a Portillo's over there too. Or Chick-Fil-A. Culver's. All family friendly, enormously popular places. Done. Tax money pouring in.
Pedro B November 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Would you mind elaborating on exactly what you mean by 'poor police performance'? [You got robbed or something?] Understand, such an obtuse reference usually needs to be qualified in a public discussion forum, since generally the details are not completely know to all. Truth be told though, it seems like your are making some sort of overarching statement like- Deerbook mall (ghetto)--> Deerfield community(bad). Not sure about the indirect dig at people in DF not being nicer, or at least as nice as NT. Not growing up in the north shore myself, I certainly misjudged the caliber of the people in this area that I used to generalize about negatively.

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