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Glen Ellyn

Giesche Shoe store proposal to be presented at city meeting

Plan Commission to determine if project is a fit for Main Street

GLEN ELLYN – Development plans for the former Giesche Shoe store and a village-owned parking lot on Main Street will be presented at the Jan. 7 Glen Ellyn Plan Commission meeting.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Galligan Board Room on the third floor of the Civic Center, 535 Duane St.

The proposed project features a mixed-use building, including 8,844 square feet of first-floor commercial space and 107 luxury apartment units on the second through fifth floors.

Additionally, a two-story parking garage will incorporate public parking on the first floor and residential parking on the second floor. The parking intended for public use will replace the existing parking at the site.

The Giesche Shoe store, 400 N. Main St., closed its doors in 2014 after more than 60 years in business.

The petitioners, GSP Development, purchased the property and is requesting approval of a special use for a planned unit development to build a five-story mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Hillside Avenue and Main Street.

Residents had voiced concerns about other previous proposals, including a 2017 plan for a five-story, mixed-use complex at the site. That project would have included more than 9,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 110 upper-floor, one- to three-bedroom apartments.

Also in the proposal was a three-level parking deck on Hillside Avenue and Main Street with 557 spaces. Residents were concerned with the scale of the project, as well as increased traffic, parking and safety issues.

Plans are on file in the Planning & Development Department and any questions or comments should be directed to Village Planner Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@glenellyn.org.

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