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Capital Project Director

Email: d***@***.us
Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Village of Glenview

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Community Advisory Group ,
  • Director
    The Glen Redevelopment Project
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CAG member Don Owen, ..., 1 Sept 2010 [cached]
CAG member Don Owen, director of the Capital Projects department in Glenview, said his town takes child safety very seriously. But while it's a top priority, the issue is larger, he said.
"We also are concerned about (traffic) capacity issues," Owen said.
Glenview Watch: The real scoop on issues and events in Glenview, Illinois, 10 May 2004 [cached]
Glenview's Redevelopment Director Don Owen warned that the village faces a "significant risk" to its tax base because one dealership - McGrath Acura - has moved away and others might follow.Neglecting to mention that two dealers, Jennings and Bredemann, opted to stay and expand, Owen said the loss of a single dealership could cost $100,000 per year in property tax and $200,000-$500,000 in annual sales tax receipts.
Village Hall predicted the dealerships on Willow Road, to be built on nine acres of land on the east and west sides of a parcel anchored by Costco, would generate $5 million in new property taxes over the next 20 years and sales tax revenue of $750,000-$1 million annually.
Land for the proposed development was originally set aside for creation of wetlands in exchange for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill other wetlands at The Glen.Owen said the developer, Harlem-Irving, had done little to fulfill the promise and characterized the new wetlands as "partially stabilized storm water detention pits."
In exchange for an okay from the corps, Owen said the village would spend up to $825,000 ($700,000 plus a 25 percent contingency fee) to create new wetlands on open space around Lake Glenview and the Air Station Prairie.
Noting that storm water would have no place to go once wetlands were paved, Owen said Fields would have to construct costly underground vaults to retain run-off, and because the building sites had been filled with soft soil, the dealer would find it more costly to build.
For those reasons, Owen said it was necessary to give Fields $2.2 million in public money from the tax increment financing (TIF) fund established to promote redevelopment at The Glen.
If Fields is unable to operate all three dealerships over a 10-year period, Owen said some of the incentive money would be returned.
Owen said it was too late to negotiate for that.
Owen said Fields would pay $1 million to developer Harlem-Irving for nine acres of land.
In making the pitch for car dealerships over wetlands, Owen said, "There is a sales tax component to this that would allow the village board to consider additional open space purchases if you're interested."
If McCarthy's side kick Don Owen is serious about his claim that car dealerships could bankroll future acquisition of open space, let him propose an ordinance to create a green fund, earmarking sales taxes from the dealerships to buy 10 acres of open space elsewhere in Glenview and to assure that our natural areas are properly maintained.
Wagner Road Possibility Nears Reality, 15 April 2006 [cached]
In a region where intergovernmental cooperation is akin to stars aligning, and happens about that often, Don Owen said the heavens appeared to be organizing themselves.At least in the sky over Wagner Road, anyway.
Owen, Glenview's director of Capital Projects and Planning, told the Board of Trustees at their Tuesday, Apr. 4 meeting that the creation of a sidewalk from Lake Avenue to Lois Lane had moved closer to reality, with some help from Cook County and a group of petitioners.The county controls Wagner Road, and by sharing information, he said the village was able to plan its project for a mutually beneficial time.
"Cook County started giving us flexibility," Owen said.
"A lot of stars were aligning," Owen said.
With a firm positive response, Owen said the question became timing.
Construction should force the uprooting of 15 trees, most four to six inches; Owen said most of those will be replanted, but Kerry Cummings, village president, noted that the residents will notice the loss of those that are not.
Owen said the village had budgeted $470,000 for the sidewalk in this year's budget.Because of the outside help, however, he said it should cost around $250,000.
"It was a great relationship," Owen said.
Owen added that Cook County will not require the village to build new curbs while they are there.The project must receive its approval as well, but Owen said that was likely.
Nursing Homes Magazine, 24 June 2004 [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."
Heartland Real Estate Business, 27 Jan 2006 [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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