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Visions For Vacancies: Former Hines Lumber Property in Downtown Crystal Lake

What would you envision for the empty lot at the southwest corner of Crystal Lake Avenue and Main Street in Crystal Lake?

 

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: 

Barbara Behrens August 14, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Apartment buildings with store fronts and some parking on the first level, apartments or lofts above.
Stephanie Price August 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Another reader's comment sent by e-mail to me: How about a quiet park for bikers on the bike path. Benches, water fountain, small track for small folks. Shade trees. This lot is too far from business on Williams Street-(and they would have climb Up the Hill, yet!) Besides, the dentist/law offices have enough parking, as well as bowling alley and Brink Street pub. The city could even look ahead and put a sidewalk on Main Street going south for folks who may not feel comfortable walking on the bike path.
Stephanie Price August 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
From e-mail, Susanne K. suggests a Trader Joe's.
Rob Quinn August 18, 2012 at 04:49 AM
It should be used for medium / high priced condominium, or quality apartments with underground parking. This would help local shopping, and restaurants.
Kannon 320 November 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The very last thing we need built in downtown Crystal Lake is any type of new apartment building/condos, whatever. The development on the old Pingry Hotel site sure didn't turn out the way any one envisioned it. I think that since the property is the main intersection where the bike path goes through downtown Crystal Lake--it should be developed with that in mind. The Raue Center is close, restaurants, shopping. There has always been a controversy about this property because of the traffic patterns--and the issue of entering and exiting. How about the city of C.L. buys the property--turns it into a park--moves the farmers' market there--larger venue for concerts, events--it's close to the train. Let's turn it into something the entire community can enjoy as well as those visiting or just passing through.

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