Client: South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association

Part of a team retained by the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association to prepare a transportation and land use plan for the Route 394 and Illinois Route 1 corridor, GG+A was responsible for the demographic, socio-economic, employment and real estate market analysis and forecasts for an area encompassing 11 different municipalities including Lansing, South Holland, Chicago Heights, Sauk Village, Glenwood, Ford Heights, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Lynwood, Crete, and Beecher. GG+A provided an information base and perspective about population, household, employment, housing, and land use/real estate market conditions and trends. GG+A provided projections of the potential demand for building space additional land by type of land use. The work completed included the following:

• Data collection and analysis of relevant demographic, household, and housing characteristics;

• Data collection and analysis of employment change and shifts in the composition of the employment base over time and between areas within the study area;

• Review of secondary employment and socio-economic forecasts by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, CMAP, and consultants commissioned by IDOT;

• Development of long-term projections of potential future growth and associated land and building space needs within the study area;

• Analyzed retailing conditions to: (a) provide information and insight about retail sales by community and the study area as a whole; (b) retail space conditions and trends; and (c) prepare an estimate of the future demand for retail space and associated land requirements in the study area;

• Collected and analyzed time-series real estate supply data for the communities within the study area; and

• Interviewed representatives of the communities, economic development and planning organizations, real estate developers, property owners, and real estate brokers to help define and interpret the appropriate market areas and subareas for various land uses, competing locations, patterns of development, advantages and disadvantages for various uses within the study area, and the factors that will influence development opportunities and constraints.

In addition to preparing an extensive report and giving presentations of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations, GG+A participated in charrettes that were used to prepare the plan for the study area.