Maple Park prepares for economic recovery

By on January 7, 2011

Trustee says planning today will pay off when economy does recover
by David Maas
Maple Park—The village of Maple Park started many projects during 2010, and officials plan to not only continue those this year, but start new ones as well, in preparation for a hoped-for economic recovery.

“The village must be prepared for growth and development, or risk missing out on new opportunities,” Maple Park Board Trustee Suzanne Fahnestock said.

Fahnestock said that a major project this year will be working on existing and prospective retail, commercial and residential developments.

“The most important project is preparing and planning for growth and infrastructure improvements as the economy begins to recover,” she said.

In 2010, a new major project started was The Maples development, at the corner of Route 38 and County Line Road.

“The project is a multiple-phase retail and residential development project that is still in its initial phase,” Fahnestock said. “The initial phase consists of much-needed retail spaces for Maple Park.”

As the project progresses, additional retail and commercial development will be brought into the village.

“We hope to see The Maples break ground this year,” Fahnestock said.

The village will also continue working on funding and planning improvements in various areas.

“The village has pursued grants, loans and alternative funding to continue addressing vital infrastructure projects,” Fahnestock said. “We have received several grants-in-aid for storm water management, water main replacement, geographical information systems, civic center roof, and review of land use and storm water management plans.”

While the year has just started, village officials are making sure they also continue planning for Maple Park’s future beyond 2011.