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Mr. Donald K. Owen


The Glen Redevelopment Project

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The Glen Redevelopment Project

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Heartland Real Estate Business [cached]

“We had 100 percent control from the start because we had annexed the base in 1971, but we had no idea back then that it would ultimately close and we would be presented with this opportunity,” notes Don Owen, economic redevelopment director of The Glen Redevelopment Project. “We were also fortunate that the remediation process was relatively quick and inexpensive.” Owen also credits a fine development team — “we knew when to ask for help, and who to go to” — as well as a municipal government that was both financially capable and politically savvy. “In Glenview,” explains Owen, “we do not have to go to a referendum to get approval for bonds, and because we have an AAA rating, we were able to borrow cheaply.

Owen notes, however, that the most successful centers in the Chicagoland area are open-air: North Michigan Avenue, Oakbrook Center and Old Orchard. Furthermore, Glen Town Center will have awnings, and the visitor will be able to walk from the structured parking directly into the cinema and a covered entrance for Von Maur. 5. Downtown: Glenview already has a downtown that is 1 mile to the southeast. But Village Redevelopment Director Don Owen does not think that Glen Town Center will hurt downtown because the latter will never be suitable for modern retailers, due to a lack of space for anchors and parking. He sees the potential of downtown in the so-called "spillover funky" tenants that cannot afford to pay town center rents, retailers like antique and hobby shops. In fact, Owen says, downtown’s prospects can only be enhanced by the additional traffic generated by Glen Town Center.

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The Keynote speaker for the Eighth Annual Meeting was Don Owen, director of economic redevelopment who shared the microphone with Larry Carlson, President Village of Glenview, Ret. Col. A.C. Realie, immediate past Hangar One President and Master of Ceremonies, Frank R. Mack, incoming Hangar One President, and Leo Kaye, VP of Finance.

Owen, Carlson, Realie and Mack celebrated the many accomplishments of the Glenview Hangar One Foundation's successes under Ret. Col. A.C. Realie, including executing the preservation of the control tower and north and south pod facades of Hangar One finalization of the first phase of Navy Park, inclusion of Naval Air Station Glenview memorabilia in the Glen Town Center, and the successful Memorial Brick Program that will enable Hangar One to finalize Navy Park at no cost to Glenview taxpayers.
Caption: Don Owen, Director of Glen Redevelopment, Frank R. Mack, Hangar One President, and Larry Carlson, President of the village of Glenview, pose for a picture after the 2004 Annual Meeting.
Don Owen, EVP of the Glen Redevelopment Project, and a veteran of Naval Air Station Glenview

Nursing Homes Magazine [cached]

Adds Don Owen, director of The Glen Redevelopment Project, "The nice thing about the Town Center is that it's designed to appeal to all age groups."

Glenview Watch: The real scoop on issues and events in Glenview, Illinois [cached]

Based on current estimates, Redevelopment Director Don Owen said Glenview could be $3.1 million short when it comes to paying for the new police station.Since the village sold $18.8 million worth of bonds, anticipated building costs have risen to more than $22.6 million dollars.The village will use $680,000 from tax increment financing at The Glen to cover project costs, and Owen said he hoped for more cost-savings as the project proceeds.He added that if the funding gap remains, money would have to be taken from other village programs.

Owen characterized the higher costs as a natural part of the planning process and blamed rising prices for steel and other materials, but when questioned by Trustee Guinane, he admitted responsibility for a large chunk of the increase."[The architects] put together an $18.8 million budget, and in fact they had another $1 million contingency that was not actually listed in the budget but was described in the lower part of that budget," Owen said."As you know, I was brought into the project right at that point in time, and I just completely missed that fact.It was [eventually] pointed out to me. So, in fact, we didn't really start with an $18.8 million figure, we started with a $19.8 million figure.So, so I think the starting point is something we should all at least understand if you go back and look at the space needs analysis.The starting point, instead of $19 million it was around $20 million."
Editor's note: This is not the first time Owen, director of redevelopment at The Glen, has slipped up.Four years ago almost to the day, he told the board that contractors were ready to build a section of Patriot Boulevard but had discovered the soil was too soft and wet for quality road construction.Had we known sooner, Owen said it might have been possible to till, dry and compact the dirt, but with autumn rains falling and the clock ticking on construction season, drastic action was needed.Owen called for removal of 4,500 cubic yards of "unsuitable soil," to be replaced by an equal amount of clay at a cost of $260,000.
One trustee was puzzled.Hadn't the contractor, who was being paid more than $3 million to build the road, done any testing beforehand?"No," said Owen."The soil sampling and boring was our engineering responsibility."
Earlier that year, the Illinois EPA cited Glenview for serious environmental violations, allowing huge amounts of soil to wash from Glen construction sites into the Chicago River, polluting streams and tributaries.Owen referred to the violation as a "ding," but the infraction led to a lawsuit by the state.Glenview paid a fine of nearly $9,000 and agreed to spend thousands more on environmental improvements.
Don Owen drives a village-owned SUV and is collecting a salary of about $200,000 a year.When it comes to The Glen, the buck should stop with him.We're not sure the latest million dollar mix-up will make any real difference in the long run, but the board and the public were misinformed about costs of a significant village project, and we're concerned that Owen is never held responsible for such mistakes.
The village board has authorized staff to negotiate an exchange of land.The U.S. Postal Service would get a parcel on Patriot Boulevard, just north of the Dominick's shopping center at The Glen, and the village would get title to the USPS site on Prairie Street behind the public library downtown.Ground could be broken next spring for a 30,000-square-foot post office built with a $3.75 million subsidy from Glenview's tax increment financing fund.That fund diverts tax dollars from our public schools and park district to pay for improvements at The Glen.
Redevelopment Director Don Owen rushed to assure the community the new post office need not extend the life of the TIF, now expected to close in 2015.He said two small pieces of land at The Glen could be sold to developers of multi-family housing, with the proceeds used to offset post office costs.
Owen also assured residents of single-family homes just north of the site that postal trucks will be parked away from their property - south of the building.

Nursing Homes Magazine [cached]

Adds Don Owen, director of The Glen Redevelopment Project, "The nice thing about the Town Center is that it's designed to appeal to all age groups."

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