Established in 1859, the City of Waukegan is a well-established and mature community with a rich history. Building on its community assets, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is now helping Waukegan plan for its commercial corridor along Washington Street, from Glen Rock Avenue on the east to McAree Road on the west, a main gateway into the City and home to many locally-owned businesses and civic institutions.
Using an interactive, community-based process, CMAP is working with local residents, business owners, community stakeholders, and the City of Waukegan to explore different strategies to revitalize the Washington Street corridor. The primary objective is to build upon existing assets, however small, and identify opportunities for economic development that are grounded in the real world and correspond with the needs of the people who live, work, and do business in the area.
Once complete, the Washington Street corridor plan will issue a set of recommendations identifying viable strategies that can be pursued by both the City and businesses along Washington Street to help the corridor become a more economically dynamic and successful area.
The planning process will include three phases. The first phase will involve a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the study area using information gathered through one-on-one stakeholder interviews, steering committee meetings, focus group workshops, review of previous studies, and collection of maps and data. Phase two will focus on creating strategies for Washington Street's commercial corridor plan based on findings from the phase one analysis and public workshops. The final phase will combine efforts from previous phases to create the commercial corridor plan document containing policies, programs, and action steps intended to help the community achieve the future vision.
The public will have several opportunities to participate in the planning process. The City of Waukegan and CMAP will embark on a series of outreach meetings with City leadership, business representatives, and the community to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process. On December 13, 2012, CMAP held a focus group with senior residents of Lilac Ledge Apartments, located on Washington Street at the eastern end of the planning study area. A business focus group workshop with business members of the study area, and two community focus groups were held on January 22 and 24, 2013. Public engagement will continue throughout the remainder of this process, including a Public Visioning Workshop in Spring 2013 (Date/Location TBD).
Public Visioning Workshop
Spring 2013 (Date/Location TBD)
Project News Coverage
Washington Street Corridor upgrade planned in Waukegan, Lake County News-Sun, January 17, 2013.
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