Park City to celebrate renovated Greenleaf Street project
BY ED COLLINS Special to The News-Sun November 5, 2012 6:34PM
Updated: December 7, 2012 6:06AM
PARK CITY —Residents will celebrate the grand opening of their renovated Greenleaf Street Corridor project at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when civic officials will turn on the new street lights and show off their new sidewalks for what some have already dubbed as the city’s new downtown.
Anchoring the corridor is the new Lake County Branch (Traffic) Court. Mayor Steve Pannell envisions that the court will attract several new law offices and other business establishments, adding increased economic vitality to this 7,500-population community squeezed between Waukegan and Gurnee.
Pannell said he and city aldermen have devoted nearly four years of planning toward making this project a reality.
“Placement of the Lake County Branch Court in Park City was the key in economically developing the corridor. We particularly thank Lake County officials for their continuing support,” he said.
However, both Pannell and City Engineer Ken Magnus are not resting on their laurels. Recent street projects completed include resurfacing of Devonshire, Lake Park and Wilson avenues, along with the installation of new sidewalks in the Greenleaf Corridor.
At Magnus’ recommendation, the City Council has approved a letter of intent requesting $100,000 from Lake County in Community Development Block Grants for financing street projects this coming year.
Major projects planned will be the rehabilitation of Ruth Wilcox, Koehmstedt, and Sussex avenues.
Reconstruction of the city’s Public Works facility is also planned. The city is hopeful of receiving as much as $500,000 in state-federal grants for this project. It has already received conditional approval from the state Capitol Development Board.
Magnus said the Illinois Department of Transportation has already begun preliminary engineering to prepare for a Route 120 (Belvidere Road) resurfacing project next year from O’Plaine Avenue to Knight Avenue.
He said Lake County is also investigating the feasibility of adding a lane on Route 120 between Knight Avenue and Green Bay Road to be used as a shared left-turn lane. Additional sidewalks on both north and south sides of the roadway are also under consideration.
Magnus said the Lake County Division of Transportation has definitely scheduled resurfacing of busy Washington Street for 2014.