Lincolnwood Board of Trustees meeting Feb 3


by SEAN KEENEHAN

The Lincolnwood Board of Trustees at its meeting Feb. 3 approved a $28,777 contract with Dell Inc. for the purchase of two new servers and a centralized storage system for the Police Department.

The department’s current servers date to when its records management system was installed in December of 2008, and the village’s policy is to replace servers every 5 to 7 years. The new servers will reduce future replacement costs by leveraging virtual software-based servers, and the storage system will contain several storage drives with a larger capacity of 3,000 gigabytes of data compared to the current capacity of 1,000 gigabytes.

The village board also amended the village code to eliminate a prohibition on painting exterior brick facades that was adopted in 2008. A resident had requested a variation to allow paint to remain on the exterior brick of a home at 6557 N. Keating Ave. after the brick was painted as part of an improvement project.

Also at the meeting, the board amended an extension to the pre-development agreement with North Capital Group for demolition activities at the former site of the Purple Hotel and surrounding lots. The developer began demolishing the hotel last year and plans to construct the $130 million Shoppes at Lincoln Pointe mixed-use development at Touhy and Lincoln Avenues.

Restoration of the property was required 30 days after Feb. 20 or when a redevelopment agreement was reached, whichever was earlier, under the current agreement, and the amendment will provide the developer a 1-year extension.

The trustees also approved a 1-year extension from March 4, 2015, to 2016 for submission of a final development plan and a plat of subdivision for the project.

Before the board meeting the board’s Committee of the Whole met with representatives of North Capital Group and Fairmount Properties, a co-developer that recently became involved in the project, and discussed potential new plans for developing the site, including new traffic configurations, the elimination of a planned underground parking garage and an additional 30,000 square feet of retail space.

The developers suggested that the new plan will make the project more economically viable.

Mayor Gerald Turry and Trustee Renee Sprogis-Marohn were absent from the board meeting.


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