Projects, Plans & Programs

Village departments are often engaged in a variety of projects, programs and studies. This section provides information on some of the current research and/or process improvement projects that are of the greatest public interest.








Arlington 425 Project

In March, 2021, a revised-down version of the Arlington 425 development project, a residential and commercial mixed-use development planned for the Downtown is to be discussed by the Design Commission and Plan Commission. This proposed development by CCH LLC is planned for the south end of a long vacant parcel in the Downtown bounded by Highland, Campbell and Chestnut. 

Revisions made to by the developer to the Arlington 425 include:

  • Eliminating the proposed seven-story Highland residential building that included six stories of parking (13 stories) and replacing it with a four or five-story parking garage.

  • Changing the Campbell Street building from a nine-story building with182 residential units and commercial space on the first and second floor, to a 10-story building with 26 more residential units proposed in place of the second-floor commercial space and 7,900 square feet of commercial space on the first floor.

  • Adding a story to the 54-unit, four-story building facing Chestnut Avenue to a five-story building with 34 additional residential units.

View new renderings here.

These proposed revisions to the Arlington 425 development change the total number of residential units from 361 to 322 under the newest proposal and reducing commercial space from 43.800 square feet to 7,500 square feet.

This $150 million development was approved by the Village Board in May 2019 after extensive review. In August 2020 the developer was granted an extension to zoning approvals on the site until June 2021. 
For questions about the project, please email planningmail@vah.com.

Hickory Kensington Area Plan

In 1991, the Village Board amended the Comprehensive Plan by designating several areas as redevelopment project areas as part of the Comprehensive Planning Program. One area designated was the Hickory/Kensington area, defined by Dryden Avenue on the east, Miner Street on the north, Northwest Highway on the south, and Belmont Avenue on the west.

Phase One Parking Improvements & Final Parking Study

A comprehensive assessment of downtown parking needs was conducted in May, June and July of 2018 by Rich and Associates, Parking Consultants retained by the Village of Arlington Heights.

A Phase One Parking Improvement Plan, resulting from the conducted study, was approved by the Village Board in January, 2019.

Background of Parking Study
With a vibrant downtown consisting of multi-story residential unit developments, retail shops, restaurants, offices, entertainment and other community assets, Village officials are looking to understand how the existing and future parking supply can be efficiently managed and support the many activities of downtown Arlington Heights.

Much of the assessment begins with the detailed utilization counts that were conducted in May, June and July of 2018.

During each of these months, three sequential days of counts (Thursday,Friday and Saturday) totaling nine survey dates provided information regarding on-street parking occupancy, public and private off-street parking occupancy and floor-by-floor parking utilization in the Vail, North and Evergreen underground garages. Nearly 100 percent of the available parking supply was included as part of this assessment.

Rand Road Corridor Study

The Village Board approved a study to be undertaken by Teska Associates on the Corridor Beautification Plan for Rand Road.  This stretch of Rand Road is a crucial retail district to the Village of Arlington Heights, providing significant amounts of sales tax and employment opportunities.  In working with Village Staff, Teska Associates is tasked with helping establish an identity for the Uptown shopping corridor by identifying potential improvements to enhance the area as a shopping destination.

Senior Center: Space Utilization, Modernization, and Programming Plan

The Village of Arlington Heights is planning for the future of the Village’s Senior Center. After reviewing 12 responses to a Village-issued Request for Proposals, the Village selected BKV Group and its project partners to consult with the Village on this project.

The Senior Center, at its current location, was planned and then opened nearly 25 years ago. The objective of this project is to evaluate the space utilization and programming at the Senior Center and plan for adjustments that will be of benefit to our community’s current senior residents to make the Senior Center relevant for upcoming senior generations or residents. 

Throughout this process, input from the citizens of the Village of Arlington Heights and stakeholders in the Senior Center will be sought and is very important to this process. Information, including announcements concerning public events, will be provided and updated at this location on the Village’s website as this project advances. 

Background
The Village of Arlington Heights is undertaking and evaluation and cost feasibility study for the Arlington Heights Senior Center. This facility is the next in the series of updating and modernizing our municipal buildings in order to serve our community.

A wide variety of senior services are provided through the Senior Center. These services include recreational; fitness; meals on wheels; daily luncheon program; case management by non-profit tenant agencies; elder abuse intervention; information and referral; and program and assistance such as a Senior Health Insurance Program, Tax Counseling, senior advocacy, health screening, transportation, and volunteer opportunities for 400+ volunteers. 

The Senior Center is owned by the Village of Arlington Heights and managed under the Department Health and Human Services. The Arlington Heights Senior Center is designed to be a one-stop-shop for many senior needs. The Senior Center houses seven organizations that provide programs and services under the Senior Center’s roof: Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Arlington Heights Park District; Arlington Heights Nurses’ Club Lending Closet; Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services; Catholic Charities Community Development and Outreach Services; Northwest Community Hospital; and Connections to Care. 

The Senior Center was founded in 1982 by the Village of Arlington Heights and operated out of the retired Park School. Upon completion of its 1996 Senior Citizens Needs Assessment, the Senior Citizens Commission recommended in its Five-Year Plan that the Village plan for future Senior Center including the needs for additional space, parking, and amenities.  

In 1998, the current Senior Center at 1801 W Central Road was opened. The Senior Center was accredited most recently in February 2021 by the National Institute of Senior Centers.

Objective
The purpose of this feasibility study is to develop a programmatic and building/site strategy for the Arlington Heights Senior Center’s based on analyzing the needs and desires of current customers, best practices, and future trends of senior centers in in order to maintain the Senior Center as an active, attractive, and relevant community asset. The evaluation is intended to determine Senior Center modifications needed in order for this community asset to continue to be relevant to future generations and their changing requirements.

In September 2020, the Village issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a consultant for this project. The specific scope of work can be found in the RFP. 

Implementation
The Village received twelve responses to its RFP for the Senior Center Evaluation and Feasibility Study. Village Staff evaluated the responses and conducted interviews of finalists. On March 1, 2021, the Village Board selected as the Village’s consultant the BKV Group, in partnership with Lifespan Design Studio (a specialist in senior center programming needs across the country) and Jill Jackson Ledford who provides leadership and whose specialties are senior center design and community partnerships. Lifespan Design Studio have completed over 75 Senior Center Planning & Design Projects and Jill Jackson Ledford has conducted over 21 Senior Center Planning Needs Assessments. The consultant agreement with BKV Group, Lifespan Design Studio and Jill Jackson Ledford is in the amount of $58,000.   

Major Tasks
Task 1 Base Drawings & Facilities Condition Assessment 
Task 2 Project Visioning
Task 3 Facility Programming
Task 4 Facility Tour
Task 5 Conceptual Design
Task 6 Final Report and Presentations

Events and Updates
Upcoming Events
July 27 at 10 AM at the Senior Center
Ms. Jackson-Ledford will be presenting an informational session on the wide variety of senior centers and programs across the country, followed by questions/feedback from the public. The session will be recorded and available for viewing on the VAH website.

Updates
September 2020: Village released project Request for Proposals.

March 1, 2021: Village Board selected BKV Group as the study consultant.

July 27, 2021 at 10 AM: Ms. Jackson-Ledford will be presenting an informational session on the wide variety of senior centers and programs across the country, followed by questions/feedback from the public. The session will be recorded and available for viewing on the VAH website.

August 2021: Feedback from the stakeholders and the July 21,2021 presentation will be used to create a survey that will go out to residents.

Sigwalt 16

The Sigwalt 16 project is located in the Downtown, between Highland Ave & Chestnut Ave. It is a 16-unit luxury townhome development located immediately south of Arlington 425. The development calls for three buildings with heights up to four stories.  If you have any questions regarding this project, please email planningmail@vah.com, and find more information on our projects map.