Elburn Village President looks toward 2014 with optimism

By on January 1, 2014

ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson sees growth and improvements for Elburn in the coming year.

After three years with only two building permits for new homes in each of those years, 2013 will likely end with eight permits.

“I’m optimistic we’ll meet or exceed 2013’s results in 2014,” Elburn Building Inspector Tom Brennan said. “I’ve been taking phone calls regarding submissions.”

Things set in place in 2013 will serve as the foundation for growth and development in 2014. A reduction in the development fees for Blackberry Creek Subdivision has already facilitated the purchase of more than a dozen lots.

Approval of the Elburn Station development paved the way for the Anderson Road extension and bridge project, which began in 2013 and will continue through 2014.

Anderson said he wants to make some decisions this year regarding a pedestrian walkway that will connect the new development around the train station with the downtown Main Street area.

Questions that need to be resolved are where the walkway will be located and whether it will be under or above ground.

Anderson and the board in 2013 appointed a new group of business owners and other stakeholders to form an Economic Development Commission for Elburn. With Village Administrator Erin Willrett as the moderator, the group met twice in 2013.

Anderson said the goal of the group is to advance economic development for Elburn, whether that is working to enhance current businesses or to motivate new businesses to come to town.

“Their goal is to think outside the box,” Anderson said.

Anderson envisions Main Street with full store fronts, with the focus on businesses that bring sales taxes and businesses that build traffic. He sees the village aiding in whatever way it can.

“We’ve got some things that businesses would want, a good customer base and a per capita income,” Anderson said.

He would like to see sidewalk repair in 2014, as well as new street lighting.

He would like to build on the improvements that the business community has already accomplished, such as the expansion of Bob Jass Chevrolet, the new facade for Eddie Gaedel’s and Ream’s Elburn Market’s purchase of the parking lot across Main Street from the store.

Anderson said that villages don’t control growth, but they can mold it into what will appeal to the lifestyles and desires of their residents. He said that the Land Use Plan, completed in 2013, will provide the guidelines for the ideals and desires of the community.

“The next 10 years we’re going to see some major upgrading and positive changes in the (structural) face of Elburn,” he said.