Village to Ask for Input On Route 59 Future

Do you envision a quieter corridor, or more robust business uses?

So far, village board members — and the plan commission, and the historic preservation commission — haven’t come to a consensus on a united vision for the future of the Route 59 corridor.

Should it remain BTD (business transition district), with an emphasis on lower-impact office uses and a focus on converting homes to businesses, rather than demolishing them?

Or should the village consider allowing more intensive — and higher-traffic — commercial uses along the corridor?

Now, the village is turning to residents to see what they think. Officials have announced the Division Street (Route 59) Visioning project, which will include opportunities for stakeholders — that means you — to share their thoughts and help provide a long-term vision for the Route 59 corridor between Main Street and Union Street.

In a news release, the village has this to say: “Staff hopes to utilize an active and contemporary approach in reaching out to the community and stakeholders and getting input on their vision for the corridor.”

So what does that mean?

According to Planner Michael Garrigan, the village is in the planning stages of a project that will use crowd-sourcing — generating feedback through social media — as well as old-fashioned public meetings to solicit input from residents.

“It will probably be an outreach of more traditional and social-media crowd-sourcing,” Garrigan said, saying the village will likely use Facebook to solicit input from Plainfield residents.

“That’s a real possibility,” he said. But there will also be opportunities for the less Internet savvy or Facebook-averse to get involved, he stressed.

Garrigan said the program will likely appear on the July 9 Committee of the Whole meeting. From there, the village board would have to approve it.

In the meantime, tell us what you think? Should the Route 59 corridor remain BTD, or do you think it lends itself to more intense commercial use? Share your opinion in the comments, and tell us why you feel that way.



Butch June 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I must be stupid. I thought the whole 59 project was to relieve congestion? Now the morons want to create congestion. How about we line both sides with donut shops and convenience stores but make all the entrances on the streets that run parallel, like, Bartlett.
Karen June 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM
The Village needs congestion, traffic and PEOPLE to make the downtown viable. Not to mention they will want to try and dump off the old Baci building at some point in time. That old church will be real hard to sell without traffic and people. If someone wanted it there would have been a bidding war when the village bought it. Something smells a little fishy to me on this deal.
Tom Nosal June 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
More businesses? Really? And where are the people visiting these businesses going to park? Are you going to expect that people drive around the block several times like we do now in hopes that you are the lucky one to get behind someone who is pulling out? Solve the parking issue first so that the existing businesses can sustain. Then talk about adding more to that area.
silentrippy June 26, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Everytime I go downtown, there's plenty of parking since there's not too many businesses there in the first place. What is your proposal Tom? I see you have only complained and failed to offer any sort of solution. Should the Village raise sales tax to 10% so they can construct a three story parking deck in the downtown because you had to drive around the block one time with all the booming businesses on Lockport? You could also promote your own physical fitness and walk a block too. That big parking lot or massive parking deck will be further away from your expected privileged parking spot anyway.
Olddeegee June 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Is this some sort of backdoor plan to get the unpopular RT59/RT30 gas station approved?
Ed Arter June 26, 2012 at 04:43 PM
civil congestion leads to civil pneumonia. I don't want a sick town--let it breath.
Ram Seichert June 26, 2012 at 05:14 PM
@ED ARTER - I hope you give strong consideration to running for the Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner's Office. You have been a long time resident of Plainfield and I know you would be a huge asset to the Plainfield Township residents with your 40 years of experience in highway construction. You brought congestion relief to Plainfield and I hope you continue to build the Plainfield area the right way. Ed Arter for Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner!
Clyde Braviere June 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Leave 59 alone. The problem now, is the bottleneck downtown. Solve the infrastructure of parking and foot traffic flow as mentioned earlier to encourage patrons to want to come there. Pedestrian overpasses, no foot access to Lockport street, and a parking garage would Increase the flow of traffic and potential businesses will give the idea of setting up shop a second thought. Sounds crazy, but no one wants to lose that small town feel. I don't. But let's compromise. If people can't park on or cross on Lockport, we can think about traffic lights that promote traffic flow on that choked street. Real estate is not available to expand the current layout, but you can always build UP!
RB June 27, 2012 at 01:54 AM
This town needs more people and more business.
Candy Clouston July 02, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Downtown needs more viable businesses. Parking is somewhat limited, especially for the parking impaired who don't parallel park. (Some of us know our limitations.) Rt. 59 is not downtown. I see no need for more strip malls when strip mall occupancy is not 100%. I like having small businesses in former homes along 59, although the access to them seems difficult.
Ruth July 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with what Candy said!: Less parallel parking, have small businesses occupy former homes along 59.
Moneytospend January 28, 2013 at 03:41 PM
The town needs more businesses. Starbucks, real stores, more restaurants. The only reason to go downtown now is Front Street. Everything else is "meh". We need a good breakfast cafe, a great bakery, real shopping. Knock down some of those decrepit buildings and build a parking garage, like Naperville did. There's plenty of space, and plenty of residents to spend $. Plainfield got plenty of tax dollars with all the new residents, put it to good use!


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