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NorthPoint shares 3D visual concepts with residents
Local community meetings part of long-term commitment to Elwood residents, neighbors

ELWOOD, Ill. (July 27, 2017) – NorthPoint Development shared new, computer-animated visual concepts this week with Elwood residents along South Street and in Shady Nook as part of its responsive plan to build Compass Business Park east of Route 53.

NorthPoint met with South Street residents Tuesday and Shady Nook residents Thursday for working sessions dedicated to addressing specific community concerns. These working sessions are follow-ups to the community open house NorthPoint hosted at Village Hall last month, and they give local residents an opportunity to work with technical experts to hone in on ideas, concerns and feedback in greater detail.

“We’re continuing a dialogue that started in early June and continued at our open house,” said Patrick Robinson, Vice President of Development at NorthPoint. “These working sessions are key to formulating a responsive plan that incorporates community feedback.”

 

“We’re using the latest design technology to develop concepts based on what we’ve heard from neighbors,” said Tim Sjogren, a transportation engineer with the Kimley-Horn engineering firm. “Near South Street, we’re taking advantage of the pre-existing hills and contours of Archer Park and adding a living vegetation buffer to screen Walter Strawn Drive. Setbacks and berming will help enhance the visual appeal for homes west of the park.”NorthPoint shared 3D before-and-after views from homes along South Street and in Shady Nook and gave residents a first look at a new multi-purpose trail that would connect Archer Park to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

This 3D-model draft rendering shows the area south of South Street in Elwood, including a transformed Archer Park with new landscaping and plantings to increase the visual appeal and help screen Walter Strawn Drive. Compass Business Park will include setbacks and berms to ensure appropriate distance and aesthetically pleasing sightlines. A multi-purpose trail will provide safe and convenient access from Archer Park across Route 53 to connect residents and visitors to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

The business park will include setbacks and berms to ensure appropriate distance and aesthetically pleasing sightlines. NorthPoint will also install plantings, to increase the visual appeal and help screen the park. NorthPoint is working with the Village of Elwood to ensure appropriate development standards when it comes to noise and lighting

The Village is independently assessing the various aspects of the project. It has assembled a technical team to work through the many components a planned development like Compass Business Park entails, including financial, traffic and community benefits. NorthPoint will continue to listen and work through the process to develop plans for eventual consideration by the Village Board.