Wilmette Village Center Master PlanWilmette, Illinois
Lakota, alongside Duncan Associates, Goodman Williams Group, and Gewalt Hamilton Associates, prepared a master plan for the improvement and development of Wilmette’s traditional downtown. In addition to adding more than 300 new housing units, the plan reorganized inefficient commercial buildings and framed key shopping streets with new infill development. It also recommended mixed-use development along Green Bay Road in order to transform the auto-oriented character of the roadway into a pedestrian-friendly shopping district. Other key elements included enhancing the central village green, adding a new “railwalk” along the tracks, and creating a large open space for community events.