Franklin Park O'Hare Industrial Corridor Plan
The Village of Franklin Park, located in Cook County just south of O'Hare International Airport, is home to one of the largest industrial areas in Illinois. In light of the development of major capital projects related to nearby O'Hare Airport -- including the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project, one of five new major capital projects recommended by GO TO 2040 – the Village of Franklin Park is now creating an industrial area plan to align with those future improvements.
Building upon previous planning studies, market analyses, existing conditions, and community input, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is helping the Village to create the Franklin Park O'Hare Industrial Corridor Plan. This plan will provide guidance for the area's future growth, with strategies to support the Village's industrial businesses and overall economic prosperity.
The process includes three phases. The first phase includes an analysis of the area's existing conditions, as well as gathering initial input from the business community and the general public regarding the issues and opportunities for the industrial area. The second phase will consist of creating a shared vision and outlining specific goals and recommendations necessary to achieve the vision. The third phase will be developing an implementation strategy that puts the goals and recommendations into action.
The Franklin Park business community, as well as the general public, will have multiple opportunities to participate in the planning process.
An initial business community meeting, which was open to the public as well, occurred on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. at the Franklin Park Community Center (9560 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Park, Illinois, 60131). At this meeting, local businesses and stakeholders shared their ideas about the opportunities and challenges in the Village's industrial corridor just south of O'Hare.
For those businesses unable to attend the meeting, a short online survey was created to ask similar questions and gain more feedback from the business community.
Planning agency collects input from Franklin Park business owners. Franklin Park Herald-Journal, July 15, 2013.