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City chooses consultant for York TIF district

Published: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 8:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:52 a.m. CDT

ELMHURST – The City Council accepted the Development Planning and Zoning Committee’s decision for a North York Street plan, which includes an Elmhurst company, this week.

The committee chose the plan submitted by Houseal Lavigne Associates, which calls for green initiative work by a local company, Conservation Design Forum, Inc.

In addition to Vernon Hills-based Gewalt Hamilton Associates. leading engineering and transportation, Gary R. Weber Associates, from Wheaton, will take charge of streetscape and beautification in the Houseal plan.

Following April’s request for proposals that included both a long-term land use plan, as well as readily implementable short-term redevelopment plan, the city received plans from eight consulting teams that addressed the area also known as TIF District IV.

Following evaluation by the Elmhurst Economic Development Commission, two companies were selected as finalist and reviewed by the planning committee. Both finalists, Gingko Planning of Orland Park and Houseal Lavigne Associates of Chicago, proposed fees of $80,000 for the their respective projects.

‘We all thought they were two high quality candidates,” said committee Chairman and Fifth Ward Alderman Scott Levin.

After each company presented to the committee last month, members recommended to the the City Council this week that Houseal Lavigne Associates be hired because of the company’s specific experience in corridor and suburban planning.

Levin said that Conservation Design Forum was a local company was an added bonus.

The City Council authorized the city attorney to prepare a contract for the project.

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