Brothel, roller coaster, prison or just Starbucks

WJ readers weigh in on what should be built at the village-owned lot at Oak Park Avenue and Madison Street.


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Is it art?
? Statue of Bill Clinton
? Electronic gargoyle
? Statue of Liberty

Give us caffeine!
? Starbucks (4)
? Locally owned and
    operated coffee house (2)
? Drive-thru coffee shop

Parks and rec
? A park for people at
The Oak Park Arms (32)
? Park district miniature golf
? Baseball hitting range
? Private indoor skate park (3)
? Heated indoor public pool
? Children's playground
? Snowboard hill
? Hockey rink
? Community garden
? Year-round ice rink
? Tennis courts
? Basketball Court
? Dog park

Deja vu?
? Gas station (Used to occupy
the site in question)
? Funeral Home (Used to be one
just down the street, at Highland)

Please, NO?
? Not a liquor store/beauty shop or
currency exchange
? Retail/Condos-no drug store (6)
? Whatever-no condos (6)
? Anything not a franchise
? Something that has nothing to do with money
? Nothing (2)

The creativity award goes to?
? Combo coffee house/OTB (off track betting, we assume) that serves Puree's deep-dish pizza

Assured to be new to OP
? Prison
? Lumber yard
? Public steam baths/hot tubs
? Quarter-mile drag strip
? Brothel
? Chicken coop
? Roller coaster
? Jaguar Dealership

Entertain us
? Gay bar
? Casino
? Movie theater (3)
? Bowling alley

Retail, in specific
? Ikea
? Trader Joe's and parking (14)
? Home Depot-Urban Design/Model Store (2)
? Crate and Barrel
? Krispy Kreme
? Foot Locker (2)
? 7-Eleven or White Hen
? Pottery Barn
? Georgia Nut Co.
? Whole Foods

Retail, in general
? A good shoe store (2)
? Ice cream shop
? Hardware store (2)
? Furniture store (2)
? Sports shop
? Strip mall
? Quality clothing (5)
? Shopping center and parking
? Children's museum and clothing store
? Commercial building and boutiques
and fine casual restaurant
? Business that would bring
foot traffic to the area
? Appliance store
? Bookstore
? Bakery (2)
? Beauty supply store/salon

Restuarants, in general
? Restaurant (15)
? Healthy fast-food restaurant
? Upscale restaurant/club,
ala Fitzgerald's
? Twenty-four-hour
family restaurant
? Vegetarian restaurant
? Banquet Hall (2)
? Taco stand

Restuarants, in specific
? Decent restaurant like
Perkins and decent parking
? Culver's Restaurant (2)
? Panera
Get fit
? Health club and a real pool (3)
? Fabulous Gym
? Bally Total Fitness

Arts, civic and cultural
? Civic Center
? Cultural Diversity Center
? Arts Center (3)

? Public Works garage
? Teacher lounge area
? Bicycle station?#34;repairs/parking/storage
? Something for Fenwick
? A charity/homeless or animal shelter
? Anything by WDN Architecture LLC
? Post office and parking and drive-thru
? Parking
? Hotel (4)
? Business district
? Teen Center or state of the art YMCA (2)
? Artists' studio space
? Park and shops/galleries

? Condos (8)
? Senior housing
? Same development type as

South Boulevard and Marion Street
? Housing (2)
? Apartments
? Low equity, co-op housing

Caring for the kids
? Pre-school
? Child care facilities (2)
Just something?
? Something visually pleasing
? Something of value for everyone?#34;not just for a few rich people

Editor's Note: After approving a deal with Foley Rice Cadillac last week, the Village of Oak Park is finally going to have a sizable parcel ripe for development at the northeast corner of Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue.

This makes our Reader's Choice Award question?#34;"What would you like to see built on the empty lot at Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue?"?#34;seem particularly timely.

As you may have seen a couple weeks back, we offered you what percentage of respondents voted for our multiple choice questions: Retail/restaurants, 22 percent; open green space, 16 percent.

But what we didn't reveal were the responses from those who opted for the "other" category.

So, in true "open planning" style, here are some unique?#34;and some not so unique?#34;responses our readers gave us.

(Numbers listed after responses reflect how many people voted for the same idea).

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