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Plans to fix up Huntley downtown move forward

Downtown to get revitalization effort

Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – Consultants from a Chicago planning firm are ramping up the design effort for improving the look of downtown Huntley.

Representatives from Houseal Lavigne Associates plan to present the Village Board in the coming months with a preliminary streetscape plan that would incorporate many ideas included in the village’s 2010 revitalization plan.

In the meantime, the consulting firm has distributed a visual survey to trustees that would gauge their reaction to certain design elements, such as sidewalks, trees and streetscape themes. Representatives from the firm met with the board Thursday.

“We keep pushing the ball forward, and everything we will be doing is continuing this incremental project that is moving you forward to a final downtown plan,” said Devin Lavigne, co-founder of Houseal Lavigne.

Bigger design challenges for the firm include maintaining the character of the historic downtown, accommodating a clock in James C. Dhamer Square and eliminating the exposure of the trailers from the Dean Foods processing plant, just off Main Street.

Earlier this year, the board created a special taxing district meant to pour millions into the village’s downtown revitalization effort.

Officials also have been acquiring numerous downtown buildings with historical roots for its makeover.

Houseal Lavigne Associates hopes to present the board with the preliminary streetscape plan in two months.

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