Arlington Downs Mixed-Use Development
Consultants at EEA are assisting with Arlington Downs, an extensive new mixed-use development in Arlington Heights, Ill., replacing an old 24-acre Sheraton Hotel/Water Park site. With hotel space, high-density residential apartments, renovated water park, retail stores, restaurants, and recreational and office space, the development will provide a gathering place for community members and visitors.
Because the project was to be approached in several phases, EEA needed to consider how the decisions made in each phase would affect future plans. With so many potential changes in later phases, EEA consultants needed to carefully consider all probable uses, infrastructure needs during and after construction, and allow for flexibility in future phases—yet still provide the resources necessary to complete each aspect of the project on time and on budget without hindering next steps.
Following careful assessment of phasing needs, EEA assisted the owner and developer in attaining the necessary Planned Unit Development approvals, as well as began facilitating preparation and submission for approvals throughout the design and construction process. Thus far, EEA has worked to secure approvals from multiple government agencies, including:
• Village of Arlington Heights
• City of Rolling Meadows
• Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD)
• Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
• Cook County Highway Department
EEA is additionally supporting the design team with private roadway design, including coordination of an underground parking garage, widening of Euclid Avenue (Cook County right-of-way), and improvements to Rohlwing Road (City of Rolling Meadows right-of-way). Utilities are also being extended to service all portions of the development and modifications may be made to an existing MWRD regional detention facility to adequately accommodate the new facility.
Traffic and Parking Analyses
Traffic and parking assessments were an important planning component. With one particular shared parking study, EEA negotiated with the Village of Arlington Heights for fewer parking spaces after learning the development’s users—coming and going for different purposes and various times of day—could “share” parking spaces.
Other related projects included traffic counts, trip generation estimates, traffic projections, capacity analysis, traffic impact analysis, hearings and permitting, zoning code analysis, apartment parking surveys and a parking variation study.