Two major River Forest redevelopment projects may be one step closer to approval. The village’s Development Review Board (DRB) is expected to vote Thursday night on applications for a rebuilt McDonalds on Harlem Avenue and a rehabbed Community Bank building on Lake Street.

The Development Review Board, which handles all applications for developments over 20,000 square feet, had been unable to reach a quorum the past two or three months. Last Thursday it deliberated findings of fact on the McDonald’s application before hearing a presentation by architects hired by Community Bank.

McDonald’s is looking to tear down the existing structure at 624 North Harlem Ave. and rebuild a new restaurant with reconfigured parking, lighting and landscaping. Officials from Community Bank are seeking permission to gut and rehab the historic Drummond Building on the 7700 block of Lake Street. They intend to use the eastern portion of the first floor for bank offices and a drive through facility while converting second floor apartments to condominiums. The building’s distinctive brick facade will be preserved.

The development committee will reconvene around 8 p.m. Thursday following a regularly scheduled Zoning Board of Appeals meeting in the village hall community room. Its recommendation will be forwarded to the village board for a vote.

-Bill Dwyer

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