Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment
The Village of Vernon Hills wants this page to be an authoritative source informing the public about the process and progress in redeveloping Hawthorn Mall.
This site will be updated as new information becomes available, so be sure and check back if we don't have something posted yet.
Retail Report Findings: The Village contracted Melaniphy & Associates to complete a Retail Market Study and Store Strategy / Analysis to make sure the best possible plan for the mall was put forth.
The plan will detail how to best redevelop outlots, and the empty Sears and Carson's locations at Hawthorn Mall.
Many more meetings about the Hawthorn Mall redevelopment will be held. Please check the Village Board meeting schedule to see when the next one is being held.
You can also always watch the Village Board meetings on our YouTube channel if you can't be there in person.
The Retail market Study and Mall redevelopment were discussed on April 3rd.
A Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th (time TBD) at Hawthorn Center -- inside the vacant, former Carson Pirie Scott building. This meeting will be hosted jointly by Centennial Real Estate Company and the Village of Vernon Hills. This Town Hall will be an opportunity for our community to learn more about the proposed re-development of Hawthorn Center. When more information is available, we will update this page.
Note: A Concept Presentation was conducted by Centennial Real Estate for the Village Board and community on April 3, 2019. Centennial Real Estate is now preparing for Technical Review.
STEP ONE: CONCEPT REVIEW (Not required in all cases)
Concept review is designed to provide a developer with basic site planning information, the requirements of Village development ordinances and codes, and some indication of the acceptability of the proposed project to the Village. Although this step is optional for projects that conform to existing zoning and land use plans, it is nonetheless encouraged.
- Step by step instruction for Planning Consideration and Technical Review
- Application for Certificate of Building and Use Conversion
STEP TWO: TECHNICAL REVIEW
At this point, the developer shall prepare a preliminary plat or plan, and preliminary engineering, architectural, and landscape plans incorporating concept review comments for a more detailed review by the Village’s Technical Review Committee.
STEP THREE: PLANNING AND ZONING/ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
The Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission is charged with the review of development proposals, special use permits, and requests for rezoning. The Zoning Board of Appeals hears all requests for zoning variances and amendment of the Village’s zoning ordinance. Both bodies are advisory bodies to the Village Board. Generally, the Planning and Zoning Commission reviews all proposed projects unless exempted by ordinance or annexation agreements. Only those projects requiring variances from or amendment of the zoning ordinance are referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
STEP FOUR: VILLAGE BOARD
Minutes from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals will be transmitted to Staff who will prepare a memorandum to the Village Board summarizing any unresolved issues from the preceding reviews and presenting a staff recommendation. The proposed project will then be placed on a Committee of the Whole agenda for preliminary approval and then final approval by the Villahe Board.
This page is intended for the sharing of content regarding the state of malls, and the redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall.
- Hawthorn Mall redevelopment key for Vernon Hills - 11/25/2018
- Hawthorn Mall owner on major makeover: We're in it for the long haul - 4/4/2019
- Redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall takes shape with new plans to add grocery store, luxury apartments - 4/11/2019
- Millennials Tried to Kill the American Mall, But Gen Z Might Save It - 4/25/2019
- Demand exists for brick-and-mortar stores in Vernon Hills, study says, as officials eye redevelopment - 4/29/2019
- A new hope rises for Lake County's sputtering retail industry - 5/8/2019
- The New Multifamily Building Next Door Isn't Crowding Your School 5/17/2019
- Dying Malls Resurrected in Multifamily Markets 5/17/2019