Updating Historic Preservation Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance & Comprehensive Plan

The Village Council recently began its consideration of updates to Downers Grove's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Historic Preservation OrdinanceOn July 21st an ad hoc Subcommittee on Historic Preservation was appointed to work with the Architectural Design Review Board (ADRB) in order to expedite this process.

The third meeting of the ADRB with its ad hoc Subcommittee on Historic Preservation is to be held Wednesday, September 2ndClick here for the agenda of this third meeting.

The second meeting of the ADRB with its ad hoc Subcommittee on Historic Preservation was held Wednesday, August 19th
. You can click here for an audio podcast of this second meeting, which lasted just under 3 hours. Click here for the agenda of this second meeting, which included two opportunities for public comments.  You can click here to download the 128 page agenda packet for this second meeting from the Village website.

The working group's initial meeting
was held Wednesday, August 5th. You can click here for an audio podcast of this initial meeting, which lasted just under 3 hours. Click here for the agenda of this initial meeting, which included three separate opportunities for public comments.  You can click here to download the 288 page agenda packet for this initial meeting from the Village website.   Click here to read the ad hoc Subcommittee's powers and duties.

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PDHA Receives Tree Advocate Award.

Pierce Downer’s Heritage Alliance has received an award from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) for “Best Community Advocate.”  CRTI was established in 2013 as a collaboration of Chicago-region partners to develop and implement a strategy that builds a healthier and more diverse urban forest by 2040. Its activities include gathering data on forest composition, planting and tree stewardship, and promoting education and training on the value and benefits of trees.  PDHA was recognized for our sponsorship of environmental education activities and our advocacy and service on behalf of the Downers Grove urban forest.

CRTI is a consortium of local and national organizations. Key members include the Morton Arboretum, Openlands, Chicago Wilderness, the Nature Conservancy, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.  Information about CRTI may be found at www.chicagorti.org.

The awards ceremony was held Tuesday, July 14 at the Morton Arboretum.   CRTI Award Ceremony Chairman Ken Lerner with Directors Irene Hogstrom and Mark Thoman received the award certificate on behalf of PDHA from Michael Collins, Riverside Village Forester.  The award also includes a voucher for a free tree from one of the CRTI's participating nurseries.

Many thanks to the volunteers and contributors who make it possible for us to be the local Lorax and “speak for the trees.”  (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)  Thanks as well to the Village of Downers Grove and Downers Grove Park District staff who have worked with us on tree-related programs.

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The W. H. Edwards House Is Gone.

The Edwards House was demolished on Saturday, June 6th.

    Down with the old

"After much effort and so much community support, it is a sad and frustrating outcome," Ken Lerner, PDHA Chairman, commented. "We thank the Tillotson/Wast family for their valiant efforts at saving the house. Their message on the PDHA website mentions some of the many people who were involved in the effort to save the house over the last year. Tom Nybo in particular was a consistent spark and driving force, while Mike Behm contributed vital business planning expertise."  Click here to read the rest of Ken Lerner's message.

On May 8th Ken Lerner wrote to ask people who had contributed
to help preserve the Edwards House what they now want done with their contributions.  Click here to read Ken's letter.  All told, 45 people had donated $6,465.   As of July 5th, all funds held in the Edwards House Escrow account had been refunded or distributed to some other charity.  Click here to see the disposition of the Edwards House contributions.

The heritage Oak at 942 Maple Avenue had been cut down on Thursday, May 21st.

Goodbye Noble Oak

Adieu, noble Oak!

Postings on the Facebook page of Friends of the Edwards House provide a forum for
community members to share comments about this unfortunate outcome of our efforts to preserve the historic Edwards House and their thoughts about how we can move forward.

Edwards House

W. H. Edwards House As It Used to Look

Heritage Alliance Mission

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which continue as on-going projects.

We are now also committed to the preservation of  cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through education as well as community outreach.

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Can you find this house in Downers Grove and why is it important?
(Click the image for the answer)



Village Council Meeting
Click Here for Agenda
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
7:00 PM, Council Chamber
Village Hall
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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ADRB & ad hoc Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:30 PM, Public Works Building
5101 Walnut Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA  Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:00 PM, Room 307
Lincoln Center
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Highway Cleanup
  Next Highland Avenue

Saturday, October 3, 2015
8:30 to 11:00 AM

Please click here to fill out
the required Waiver Form.
Meet at 33rd Street
Lyman Woods Parking Lot.

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from our May 2nd 2015 Wilderness & Wildflower Walk

Please consider a charitable donation
to support educational activities of
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.

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  2014 Annual Meeting

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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The 1846 Blodgett House

An opportunity exists to restore the 1846 Blodgett House one of the Village's oldest houses reflecting our rich cultural heritage. PDHA supports such efforts to preserve valuable historic resources for future generations.
Click here to learn about the 1846 Blodgett House project.

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Click here to learn more about other local historic preservation activities in Downers Grove.

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Downers Grove Township Monthly Electronics Recycling  
On the third Saturday of every month from 8am to 12pm, (except holiday weekends) electronics may be dropped off at the highway garage, 318 East Quincy Street, Westmont, Illinois 60559.

For further information, please call Downers Grove Township Highway Department at (630) 719-6625.

Information about current the Downers Grove village recycling services can be found on the Village's garbage and recycling page.

Last updated 8/30/2015