[Mark Busch - firstname.lastname@example.org]
Building department and economic development
The city has a plan to rebuild and beautify the Metra station in downtown Elmhurst at a cost of $17 million. City staff has acquired a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for $10 million. Elmhurst also has received $2.4 million in Surface Transportation Program funding.
The economic development plan team updated its strategic plan, and the city started tax increment financing district 5 with a $6 million redevelopment of the BMW dealership.
Elmhurst 255's downtown luxury apartments are 100-percent rented, and luxury apartment development Opus, with 165 units, recently had a groundbreaking, both of which will generate tax for Elmhurst, Morley said. Creating density and traffic in downtown Elmhurst will help "mom-and-pop" shops.
Elmhurst's vacancy rate is less than 4 percent for office, industrial and traditional retail space.
The city of Elmhurst has had seven stormwater projects come online in 2017, and there are additional projects on the way.
Upcoming projects include working with the Royal York condominium complex and Timothy Christian Schools on a property near Messiah Lutheran Church that would achieve about 21 acre-feet of relief and working with Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 on a property behind Christ United Methodist Church for stormwater relief.