LAKEMOOR – The Lakemoor Village Board took the final step Thursday evening on a project that officials hope is the start of more development.
The board unanimously formalized its agreements with developers who are building a Walgreens at the southeast corner of Darrell Road and Route 120, ending an “expedited and streamlined” process that began when developers approached the village in December.
It took two months from the point developers approached the village to getting the go-ahead for the project, Village Administrator David Alarcon said.
The project still had to get past the Lake County Division of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation because the site falls at the intersection of state and county roads.
The village is looking to improve the development process more, Alarcon said.
It’s one of the things on the to-do list for the newly created position of development director, said Matt Dabrowski, the former trustee who took the lead on developing the village’s new comprehensive plan and was hired to the position last month.
He starts in two weeks.
Village officials hope the project shows that Lakemoor, despite its population of just over 6,000 people, is a good place to develop because of the high volume of traffic that flows through it, Alarcon said.
They also hope the development with its 8-foot-wide bike and pedestrian trail will be the start of an extended system that connects the village’s neighborhoods and parks and perhaps even the state parks nearby.
The village has applied for three different grants to extend the trail system.