WINFIELD | The town is just starting a study to create a downtown master plan, which officials hope will provide a blueprint to follow in coming years to provide access from the surrounding subdivisions to the commercial area.
Improvements are expected to include additional sidewalks, crosswalks, decorative lighting, signage design standards, landscaping and architectural guidelines. The town plans to use money generated from the downtown tax increment financing district, which it will start receiving this year, to pay for the improvements. It also plans to seek grants for some of the features.
The study of 109th Avenue corridor project the town is doing with Lake County and Crown Point is expected to be done this year and provide recommendations for improving traffic flow and safety for the town to work on in the coming years.
Final planning of the proposed 10-acre park on Randolph Street will begin soon, and construction will be done on the ballfields, playground and other amenities as funding permits.
Other goals the town plans to strive for in the next few years range from working to attract more commercial and small retail businesses to town and updating the codes and ordinances to assure smart and manageable growth to using the newly created community committee to develop more events to serve residents and attract more visitors to Winfield.
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