The Rosewood Beach redesign proposal has moved one step closed to becoming a reality.
Months after the Park Board signed off on the proposal, the Highland Park Design Review Commission has voted 4-1 in favor of the plan as well, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Rosewood Beach Redesign: The Story So Far
"This project has probably been vetted more than any other project I can remember," commission Chairman Michael Stein told the Tribune. "It's one of the nicest project's I've seen."
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Now that the design has been set, the next step for the plan is approval from the Natural Resources Commission, followed by approval by the Highland Park City Council. The Natural Resources Commission's next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14.
The Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners voted in August to approve the Rosewood Beach redesign proposal after over a year of intense planning, beach tours and sometimes heated public debate.
In addition to the controversial interpretive center that has frequently been the sole component of the plan to provoke opposition from residents, the plan also includes a guard house, restrooms, concessions and a boardwalk.
Assuming the City Council approves the plan, construction could begin in the spring or summer of 2013. The total estimated cost for the project is $4,661,372.