To the Editor:
To Dave Anderson and the board of trustees of the village of Elburn – thanks for pulling the trigger and calling the vote for Elburn Station. The board did its due diligence to cross all the t's and dot all the i's to make sure this development would be the best fit for Elburn, as well as the developer.
This development will be an asset to the community for years to come – better transportation from north to south due to the Anderson Road overpass (thanks to Speaker Dennis Hastert's efforts); no more being stranded at the Route 47 grade crossing; and more single- and multi-family housing, transit-oriented business districts and walking/biking trails to benefit Elburn's residents. Better public safety – police, ambulances and fire trucks will not be stranded due to blocked railroad crossings.
As former business owners, we are aware of the need to grow sales or fail. This is also true with a village such as Elburn. A town needs to grow or it will stagnate and wither. To keep our current business community strong and to attract more businesses, we need to develop our lands responsibly. Attracting businesses to our historic downtown district anchored by destination businesses, such as Ream's Elburn Market and Bob Jass Chevrolet; keeping the northern business community – Jewel-Osco, Walgreens, McDonald's, etc. – strong; and hopefully growing the transit-oriented business community at Elburn Station will allow for growth and development throughout the community.
I hope that all the future residents of Elburn will appreciate the work the current and past trustees of the village have done to perpetuate the tradition of caring and trust that has always been a part of Elburn's history.
We would also like to thank the ShoDeen organization for working with the village of Elburn through the many changes requested by the village throughout the years the project has been under consideration. They have always seemed willing to make the requested changes in order to keep the process moving forward. With time running out on the federal, state and county funding for the much needed overpass project, we are happy the project has finally been approved.
Good luck to Kent Shodeen and the future Elburn Station development and thanks to the trustees of the village of Elburn for a job well done. To a bright and prosperous future – rooted in the small village tradition that exemplifies Elburn's values.
Ken and Mary E. Gustafson