There is another development under consideration next to “downtown” Oak Park, Il and the Downtown Oak Park Board (yeah there is such a thing) is all behind it. As this writer understands that Oak Park, Il is forcing high rise developments into its downtown area without thinking further down the road. The amount of traffic in the area is ridiculous and there are simply not enough resources (parking) to deal with the “modernization” movement that is occurring.
It maybe this movement is unstoppable however it is without through planning even though I bet the Village Planner (yes there is one of those as well) is probably wetting his willy over the thought of additional side cash coming the local government’s way. Of course, it may not be the best thing for all those involved and it may cause more problems than solutions.
Even Chicago modernized quickly after it was founded and then the Chicago fire happened, changing the landscape entirely. Maybe the “fire” here for the residents to get off their asses and see the issues brought up with all the developments and lack of village planning IS the increasing amount of traffic in the area and the higher taxes (assessments) that go with high rise developments likes this.
The article about looking realistically at the construction in Oak Park, IL click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/lifestyles/ct-oak-column-sassone-tl-0518-20170511-column.html
The original article for the 18-story Albion tower click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-downtown-tl-0504-20170502-story.html