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Fox Lake receives grant to put development plan into action

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 11:39 p.m. CDT

FOX LAKE – The village of Fox Lake received a $3,000 grant from the Regional Transportation Authority to implement its transit-oriented development plan.

The grant was one of 10, totaling $360,000, awarded to suburban communities and the Pace suburban bus service.

The Regional Transportation Authority will also work with Fox Lake to bring in Urban Land Institute experts to help village staff identify developers and bring them into the downtown area.

Fox Lake’s development plan, which was adopted in August by the Village Board, centers around its Metra station. It was paid for using a $100,000 grant from the Regional Transit Authority.

The plan suggests streetscape, landscape and facade improvements for the area, in particular the entrances to the village, Route 12 and Grand Avenue. It recommends adding parking to free up the downtown area.

It also gives the village ideas about areas to focus on, including Nippersink Road near Lakefront Park, and suggests possible uses for some of the buildings.

The Pace suburban bus service received a $150,000 grant to provide technical assistance as it conducts planning in prospective communities. The goal is to improve local transit options and traffic flow.

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