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Elburn’s future laid out in public view

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 5:32 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – The village’s residents took a glimpse at what the future of Elburn might be Thursday at the Elburn Lions Club as they checked out charts and graphs that showed the comprehensive plan.

Village residents were invited to provide feedback. The plan was created by Images Inc., which had representatives on hand. Sara Kopinski, the associate project manager for Images Inc., said it had been the ninth such workshop in Elburn.

Some charts included suggestions and reflections from past workshops. Suggestions urged officials to keep the small-town character, improve connectivity in the town and address traffic along Route 47. One item called for a more diverse business mix. Other suggestions included a need for a variety of housing options, more commercial industry and increased entertainment options.

Bob Pavlak, an Elburn resident since 1978, said the information looked impressive, but there are pressing needs in town. He said what the town needs most urgently is industrial areas.

“There’s a lot going on here,” he said, pointing at the colorful charts. “If everything can work together, it could be a good process.”

Lonna Schmidt, the wife of Village Board member Jerry Schmidt, said she has lived in Elburn for 67 years. She said Elburn once had a vibrant downtown area, and it could again. She said growth is needed to bring in people and new businesses.

That was consistent with feedback provided. One of the suggestions in the plan called for the village to “improve, grow and maintain an attractive and vibrant downtown commercial area.”

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