This week's "Visions For Vacancies" takes us to historic downtown Crystal Lake - specifically the southwest corner of Main Street and Crystal Lake Avenue.
Once home to Edward Hines Lumber Co., the 4.5 acre lot now sits empty, the buildings long since razed. Developers over the years have pitched plans for condominium buildings, but one development was seen as too dense by city leaders.
As most Crystal Lakers know, the lot - though sizable - faces a busy intersection due to the traffic along Main Street. The property adjoins businesses on Crystal Lake Avenue, but also abutts residential lots lining South Williams Street.
The city from time to time receives interest from developers.
"We receive occasional development inquires for both commercial and residential regarding this property," said James Richter II, the assistant director of economic development for Crystal Lake.
The property is currently owned by First Midwest Bank in Itasca.
So, what do you think?
Patch wants to know what you, the readers, envision for this corner.
Is there a specific type of business you feel would compliment the downtown district? Or, do you think a residential development would be the better fit? Post your ideas in the comment section below: