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
is able to successfully redevelop
the area around its Metra station near
depends on if the
village is able to work within an area designated as a flood plain.
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