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Midlothian unveils downtown plans

Midlothian's downtown area can sustain new pedestrian-friendly retail and up to 150 new housing units going for about $200,000 each, according to a recommendation from a volunteer panel studying the area.

However, whether Midlothian is able to successfully redevelop the area around its Metra station near 147th Street and Pulaski Avenue depends on if the village is able to work within an area designated as a flood plain.

While Midlothian officials would ultimately want to develop the entire area around the Metra tracks, it is likely development will spawn on the east side first, according to Arlan Juhl, water management division manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

"It looks like the east side of the tracks is easier to build on because it doesn't have the flood plain designation," Juhl said. "To redevelop the west side becomes a challenge that we would have to spend some time on."

Juhl made his comments last week during the public portion of a so-called "technical assistance panel" sponsored by the Urban Land Institute Chicago and The Campaign for Sensible Growth .

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