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Lindenhurst wants to be shovel ready when economy perks up

 The Village Green areis west side Rt. 45 between GrAvenue Falling Waters Boulevard Lindenhurst. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

The Village Green area is on the west side of Rt. 45 between Grand Avenue and Falling Waters Boulevard in Lindenhurst. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 12, 2013 2:17AM

Lindenhurst officials are preparing for an optimistic economic future by possibly extending sewer service east to its most desirable undeveloped property on Route 45 north of Grand Avenue.

It was previously the site of Village Green, a mixed-use development on 160 acres that went belly-up when the economy took a downturn in 2009.

“This is one of our most important parcels in the village available for future economic development,” said Trustee Timothy Wayne. “It’s important that we work toward being shovel-ready for future projects.”

“We want to be a little more up the list than our neighbors when the economy picks up,” said Mayor Susan Lahr.

Village officials have agreed to spend $21,000 to initiate the Lindenhurst Southeast Area Waste Water Conveyance Study. The study will evaluate options to provide sanitary sewer service to the undeveloped area north of Route 45 and Grand Avenue.

“We want to do it as soon as possible, but first step is to evaluate the options, the cost and how to fund the project. Our object is to complete the study and begin the design engineering in 2013 and start construction in 2014,” said Village Administrator Matthew Formica.

It’s not the only available vacant parcel in the village, but other parcels suited for future economic development are already serviced by sewer and water. “This project would serve a major undeveloped area of the village with potential expansion south to Grand Avenue,” said Formica.

“We’re optimistic the economy will improve enough to bring in the kinds of development we seek,” said Formica. High on the list is a hardware store and grocery store, and there has been interest expressed by some major retailers in Lindenhurst. “It may not be this year or even next year, but we are seeing some positive interest expressed by major retailers.”

Other shovel-ready parcels available for future commercial and retail development include 20 acres on the southwest corner of Sand Lake Road and Route 45; 70 acres on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Deep Lake Road; and 51 acres at Route 45 and Independence Boulevard annexed to the village last year.

“We think it is a good opportunity for the village to take the initiative and do some planning work to make Lindenhurst more attractive to a developer,” said Formica. “It gives some incentive to folks to hopefully want to build here.”

The village is developing a multi-year community improvement plan to prioritize needed improvements and replacement of major community infrastructure, addressing transportation, storm water management, drinking water and wastewater treatment improvements to ensure that all the potential sites for future economic development are appealing to developers, said Formica.

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