BDI Business Districts, Inc.

P.O. Box 5112
9040 Forestview Road
Evanston, IL 60204
United States


P.O. Box 5112
9040 Forestview Road
Evanston, IL 60204

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In addition to the core specialties of Business Districts, Inc. (BDI), there are a variety of affiliates that work with BDI depending on the requirements of the assignment in areas such as landscape architecture; streetscape planning and development; urban design strategies and implementation; land use planning; civil engineering; the brokerage and development community; housing development; community branding; hotel market analysis; Tax Increment Financing analysis and implementation; and, the arts in urban development.

Firm Specialization(s):

  • Community Development and Redevelopment
  • Economic Planning and Development
  • Other topics not covered above

Firm Principle(s):

Terrence M. Jenkins

Firm Highlights:

In 2001, BDI began the first of six strategic implementation plans focused on improving the development along Chicago’s south suburban high traffic commercial corridors. The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association utilizing funding provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation coordinated this effort. Phase I was completed in June 2002. In later phases, BDI worked with Corridor Councils and individual communities on the implementation of the approved strategic initiatives and site development opportunities. In 2007, this long-term implementation process led to a tax reactivation program that prepared tax delinquent properties for redevelopment and a market rate housing project along the revitalizing Cal-Sag Canal. This effort provides Corridor Councils and the municipalities along each corridor with an unprecedented opportunity for economic development cooperation for the near future that will lead to the type of economic growth that Chicago’s south suburbs have long sought. BDI participated in a 1996 Strategic Plan for enhancing the Business Districts of Lake Forest. Although by most standards, the commercial districts of Lake Forest are viewed as thriving and Downtown Lake Forest is often viewed as a national model for good development, community leaders saw a need to prepare for future challenges. The resulting plan led to zoning and building code changes, public improvements and additional day-to-day management. In 2001, BDI was again retained to examine development strategies for commercial areas throughout the City and develop collateral materials to recruit appropriate businesses to enhance those districts. BDI continues to advise Lake Forest as it positions its downtown with respect to growing competition.

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