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posted: 6/26/2012 9:24 AM

Controversial development plan resurfaces in Mount Prospect

Some Mt. Prospect residents fear Walgreens would encroach on space

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  • A controversial plan to build a Walgreens at Golf and Elmhurst roads in Mount Prospect may be resurfacing. Nearby residents opposed the proposal when it first came up in 2009.

       A controversial plan to build a Walgreens at Golf and Elmhurst roads in Mount Prospect may be resurfacing. Nearby residents opposed the proposal when it first came up in 2009.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Three years after helping to defeat a similar proposal, residents of I-Oka Avenue in Mount Prospect are gearing up for what could be another fight against a developer hoping to build a Walgreens at Golf and Elmhurst roads.

       Three years after helping to defeat a similar proposal, residents of I-Oka Avenue in Mount Prospect are gearing up for what could be another fight against a developer hoping to build a Walgreens at Golf and Elmhurst roads.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
By Clara Bush
cbush@dailyherald.com

In August 2009, a proposal for a Walgreens on the northwest corner of Elmhurst and Golf roads in Mount Prospect died after meeting with strong criticism from neighboring residents.

Now, almost three years later, those residents have learned the Walgreens proposal has resurfaced, and they aren't happy about it.

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Mike Cuddy, who lives on the neighboring 900 block of I-Oka Avenue, said he was "totally against" the plan three years ago, and helped rally residents to shoot down the plan.

Just like in 2009, Cuddy said a big concern is that the development would encroach on nearby homeowners.

He hopes to regroup neighbors who were against the 2009 proposal and stop the new development effort.

"Most neighbors around here are totally against it," he said. "We don't want this in a residential neighborhood."

Consuelo Andrade, a village planner, said a developer has expressed interest in the site and asked about the approval process, but that no formal request had been made.

Andrade did not name the developer.

Cuddy said he received an email Thursday from a neighbor stating she had been contacted by a developer inquiring what would make her happy with a possible Walgreens project.

The Chicago-based developer had no comment when reached by phone.

In order to allow a Walgreens, the property would need to be given a B-3 zoning designation by the village, a process Cuddy said he wants to "stop it before it happens."

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