8000 North Lincoln Avenue Development
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    Village officials and 8000 North development team members celebrate the project
    groundbreaking on May 10, 2018.

Construction Begins on 8000 North

Construction of the 8000 North project is now underway on the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street. The 12-story, 153-unit building will feature luxury rental apartments and a six-story parking garage with 192 spaces for tenants and an additional 73 public parking spaces. The building’s rooftop design includes a fitness center, great room with fireplace, outdoor barbeque area, coffee lounge, garden areas and other amenities for building tenants to enjoy. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2020. Skokie Mayor Van Dusen recently stated, “Lucien Lagrange and his team’s vision for this property was exactly what we were looking for in our search for a developer for this important location. Once home to the iconic Desiree restaurant, this corner has always served as a community gathering space. Not only does this design allow for continued public gathering, it also offers a high-end, exquisitely designed space to call home in the center of the many exciting new developments in Downtown Skokie.”

8000 North Project Construction Update - August 28, 2018

To view the 8000 North Construction Map, please click here.

Construction fencing for the 8000 North project was installed on July 6, 2018.  Village staff, construction disciplines, the 8000 North development team and a host of consultants have met regularly to plan the construction staging strategy, operation and schedule to minimize the impact to Downtown Skokie and adjacent properties.  The following points should answer most questions pertaining to the 8000 North construction:

  • Public parking will remain open and available in the Lincoln Avenue parking lot, to the east of the Skokie Historical Museum, and to the south of the Museum at certain times as shown on the attached aerial map below.
  • Construction workers will park their vehicles to the south of the Museum; initially only six parking spaces will be utilized.  Future construction parking will be located in other areas of the Village.
  • The site will be accessed by service trucks and vehicles from Floral Avenue and exiting onto Oakton Street.  No northbound traffic is planned on Floral Avenue.
  • The cable, internet, gas, telephone and electric utilities are currently in the process of ebing relocated and temporary power is being brought to the site.
  • Construction on the building foundations and sewer and water utilities should begin by the early fall of 2018.
  • Construction will start on the east side of the site (Lincoln Avenue) and move west.
  • During the foundation construction there will be temporary lane closures on Floral Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Oakton Street.
  • Construction work will occur Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Neighboring properties will be notified if work is to occur outside of these work hours.
  • Construction updates will be issued when construction starts on the residential building, garage and other significant events that will affect the adjacent roadway and surrounding properties.
  • Construction of the development is expected to take 19 months with anticipated completion in December 2019.
  • Periodic construction updates also will be provided on the Village’s website: www.skokie.org

The community is excited that this development is now underway as the 8000 North project presents the opportunity to build a transformative and iconic building in the heart of Downtown Skokie.   If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact Pete Peyer, Community Development Director at (847) 933-8447 or pete.peyer@skokie.org

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Board Approves Development Agreement - February 20, 2018

During the Village Board of Trustees meeting on February 20, 2018, 8000 North, LLC received final approval for a development agreement with the Village for the site which formerly housed the Desiree Restaurant (and other businesses) located at the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street.   8000 North will be a twelve (12) story mixed-use commercial and residential building and is anticipated to be substantially completed by December, 2019.  This iconic project will not only create a new destination in downtown, but is transformative in nature and will also further the redevelopment of downtown Skokie.   8000 North, LLC is expected to start site preparation this spring with construction of the $60+ million project underway by summer.  The development features 153 rental units consisting of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and approximately 15,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.  As part of the public benefit, the developer will construct a parking garage adjacent to the building which will include 73 public parking spaces and 192 private parking spaces for residents of the building.

The development agreement formally establishes the public-private partnership between 8000 North, LLC and the Village of Skokie.  The partnership was made possible through the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) investment for site acquisition and assemblage, building demolition, environmental remediation, and public parking.

Skokie Village Board of Trustees will Consider the Following at the February 20, 2018 Regular Meeting

  1. An ordinance granting site plan approval for the construction and establishment of a planned development with attached garage at 8000 and 8014 Lincoln Avenue, 5120 Oakton Street and 8013 Floral Avenue, Skokie, Illinois, in a CX Core Mixed-Use district, and relief from certain sections of Chapters 90 and 118 of the Skokie Village Code (2017-38P).  This item is on the consent 
  2. agenda for second reading and adoption.
  3. A resolution approving and authorizing a Development Agreement with 8000 North, LLC for the property located at 5114-5120 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois.  This item is on the agenda for first reading and approval.

Board Unanimously Approved 8000 North Site Plan

On Monday, December 18, 2017, the 8000 North project site plan received unanimous approval by the Village Board, based on the Plan Commission's unanimous recommendation and following a presentation by renowned project architect Lucien Lagrange. It is expected that the agenda for either the February 5 or 20, 2018 Village Board meeting will include the second reading of the project site plan and consideration of the project development agreement. Village Board meeting agendas are posted on the Village web site during 

late afternoon on the prior Thursday.  Preliminary terms for the redevelopment of the project site may be obtained in the office of the Village Clerk.

Click here to view updated slides of the proposed new development.

Frequently Asked Questions about the 8000 North Project

Click here to view frequently asked questions about the proposed 8000 North Project

Village Board of Trustees to Consider 8000 North Development Plan Commission Recommendation at December 18, 2017 Meeting - (Updated December 14, 2017)

Click here to view the legal notice for the December 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

Plan Commission unanimously approves 8000 North development at December 7, 2017 meeting - (Updated December 8)

Click here to view the legal notice for the December 7 Plan Commission meeting.

Skokie Appearance Commission unaminously approves 8000 North development at October 25, 2017 meeting - (Updated October 26, 2017)

Click here to view the agenda of the October 25 Appearance Commission meeting.

8000 North Featured in October NewSkokie

Please click here to view the October edition of NewSkokie featuring the 8000 North Project.

8000 North Development Public Open House - (Updated September 14, 2017)

Over 300 Skokie residents, business and property owners, elected officials, Village staff and interested individuals attended an open house on September 13, 2017 at Village Hall to learn about a proposed mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street. This site, which was the home of the former Desiree restaurant, is a critical locale for Village and private sector efforts to continue to invest and redevelop Downtown Skokie. Based on initial reaction to the presentations, this new ‘signature’ project has been well received.

The proposed 8000 North development represents the opportunity for new and existing residents to live in a 153-unit luxury rental community with amenities such as ground floor retail and restaurants, a public/private parking garage adjacent to the structure, a 12th floor green roof which will include recreational facilities, outdoor meeting spaces, a demonstration kitchen, café, and spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Anticipated occupancy for both the residential and commercial components is December, 2019.

8000 North will be constructed and managed by an experienced and prominent development team which includes world-renowned architect Lucien LaGrange, Pamela Self Landscape Architects, Greenspire Capital, Pontarelli Companies, Hoffman Homes, W.E. O’Neill General Contractors and others who represent over 100 years of comprehensive development experience.

Leading up to the 8000 North Open House, Village staff received and vetted numerous redevelopment proposals for the former Desiree site which culminated in Village staff issuing a formal request for proposals in spring 2017. Seven local, regional and national development teams presented their visions for a commercial/residential development to Village officials. After extensive analysis and review, several of these conceptual proposals were deemed feasible and desirable by the Village Board. An invitation was extended to the development team of 8000 North because it best advances the goals and recommendations of the 2020 Plan for Downtown Skokie that was adopted in 2007.

Preliminary plans for the project were submitted on September 1, 2017. These plans must be approved to continue to move forward with hearings by the Village’s Appearance and Plan Commissions which will lead up to a decision by the Village Board. It is anticipated that this process will continue through the end of the calendar year. As this project evolves, periodic updates will be posted on this page.