Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment
The Village of Vernon Hills wants this page to be an authoritative source informing the public about the process and progress in redeveloping Hawthorn Mall.
This site will be updated as new information becomes available, so be sure and check back if we don't have something posted yet.
Our mission is to strategically and thoughtfully transform Hawthorn Mall into mixed-use, dominant destination with a carefully curated, unique to market experience that serves the needs and wants of the Vernon Hills community.
- Activate the mall with events, art, innovation & community partnerships.
- Enhance the common areas
- Improved shopping experience
- Enhanced shopping, dining & entertainment options
- Quality Residences
- Activated green spaces
- A regional, dominant destination
Hawthorn Mall’s transformation offers a signature, unique to market vibrancy around the clock. With the addition of elevated full-service and specialty restaurants, activated green space programmed with community events, and an enhanced retail experience throughout the entire project combined with high quality residences, Hawthorn Mall will become a top Chicagoland destination for the immediate and surrounding trade areas.
This inviting, enclosed and open-air experience appeals to the things you enjoy doing while also satisfying the things you need to do every day. Rarely does vibrancy and convenience come together so seamlessly in one place. Drop in for a coffee or quick workout, enjoy a manicure or pick up your groceries and a dress for this weekend’s event by day; come back for happy hour before heading to an al fresco dinner and a movie that night. Its functional design and complementary tenant mix provides a wide-range of options for every lifestyle.
Whatever you’re looking for. Whoever you’re with. Wherever your impulses take you, Hawthorn Mall is the one place in Vernon Hills that has exactly what you need and everything you’ve always wanted.
Hawthorn Transformation: Interior Center Court: Beginning June, 2019
• Design a phased approach to transforming the interior of the center
• Create a space the inspires interactivity and increases length of stay
• Create a unique to market experience that will attract new visitors as well as enhance the experience of existing shoppers
• Integrate technology and innovation, create Instagrammable Moments
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE - November 17, 2020
Presentation from Centennial Real Statement Company, LLC for proposed redevelopment on the property commonly known as "Hawthorn Mall".
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING - October 28, 2020
Application for approval for zoning, signs, site plan, landscape, architecture and plat of subdivision for the redevelopment of the property commonly known as "Hawthorn Mall".
PUBLIC HEARING - October 6, 2020 - 6:00 pm
New TIF Registry Available - During the April 21 Village Board Meeting, Trustees approved Ordinance 2020-052 authorizing the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Interested Parties Registry. This new Registry allows Village residents and organizations to sign up, to automatically receive key notices regarding any TIF within the Village. While the Village has always maintained registries for each TIF District, this new Registry encompasses all present and future TIFs into one sign-up process. For more information, please review the TIF Registry Rules, as well as the Application for either Individuals or Organizations.
2020-052 Vernon Hills TIF Registry Rules
Individual Application VH TIF Registry
Organization Application VH TIF Registry
JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING - August 27, 2020 - 2:00 pm (this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Link to be provided).
There is hereby convened a Joint Review board to consider the proposed Redevelopment Plan and Project for, and the designation of, the proposed Redevelopment Project Area and the adoption of tax increment allocation financing therefore. The Joint Review Board shall consist of a representative selected by each community college district, local elementary school district and high school district of each local community unit school district, park district, library district, township, fire protection district and county that will have the authority to directly levy taxes on the property within the Redevelopment Project Area at the time of that Redevelopment Project Area is approved, a representative selected by the Village, and a public member.
JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING - August 13, 2020 - 4:00 pm
There is hereby convened a Joint Review board to consider the proposed Redevelopment Plan and Project for, and the designation of, the proposed Redevelopment Project Area and the adoption of tax increment allocation financing therfore. The Joint Review Board shall consist of a representative selected by each community college district, local elementary school district and high school district of each local community unit school district, park district, library district, township, fire protection district and county that will have the authority to directly levy taxes on the property within the Redevelopment Project Area at the time of that Redevelopment Project Area is approved, a representative selected by the Village, and a public member.
TOWN HALL MEETING - June 18, 2019
Due to the size and scope of this project, the redevelopment process is anticipated to be addressed in at least four phases:
- Phase One is the construction of three out-lot buildings along Milwaukee Ave. and the re-engineering of Ring Road on the East end of the mall property.
- Phase Two is the renovation of the Center Court of the Mall.
- Phase Three is the redevelopment of the now vacant Carson Pirie Scott building attached to the mall.
- Phase Four is anticipated to be the demolition and redevelopment of the Sears building.
STEP ONE: CONCEPT REVIEW
The Concept Review is a public presentation, conducted before the Committee of the Whole. The purpose is to provide the Board with a general idea of the scope of the project. It also provides the developer with basic site planning information, the requirements of Village development ordinances and codes, and some indication of the acceptability of the proposed project to the Village(not required for projects that conform to existing zoning and land use plans, it is nonetheless encouraged). If the project is conceptually deemed appropriate, the Village Board will allow the project to proceed to Step Two, Technical Review.
Phase One: In early 2019, representatives from Centennial Real Estate appeared before the Committee of the Whole to provide a concept proposal for the development of three out-lots along Milwaukee Avenue on the East end of the former Sears property. Tentative approval was granted to Centennial to move forward with the Technical Review Process with Phase One of the re-development.
Phase Two, Three and Four: On April 3, 2019, representatives from Centennial appeared before the Committee of the Whole and presented their concept for the redevelopment of the entire mall site. The Board granted approval for all phases to proceed to Technical Review. The meeting can be watched here: https://youtu.be/M6q1LC099aQ?t=5837
STEP TWO: TECHNICAL REVIEW
Technical review is essentially an internal review process conducted by village staff. The developer prepares and submits a preliminary plat or plan, and preliminary engineering, architectural, and landscape plans incorporating concept review comments for a more detailed review by the Village’s Technical Review Committee. Village staff reviews the documents for consistency with current planning and zoning ordinances, architectural ordinances, landscaping ordinances, etc. The plans are returned to the developer, along with the technical review team’s comments. In many cases, changes will need to be made to the plans and documents and are re-submitted for further review. Depending on the complexity of the documents, this process may be repeated several times before it is moved the Step Three, Planning and Zoning.
Phase One: Plans for Phase One have been submitted for technical review and were sent back to the developer on April 19, 2019, for further modifications. We are currently waiting for a revised submission.
Phase Two: Phase Two (Center Court) was essentially a cosmetic facelift, not requiring any structural modifications to the mall, therefore a technical review was not required. A demolition permit has been issued allowing Centennial to begin interior demolition/renovations.
STEP THREE: PLANNING AND ZONING/ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
The Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is charged with the review of development proposals, special use permits, and requests for rezoning. The P&Z is an advisory Commission to the Village Board. Generally, the Planning and Zoning Commission reviews all proposed projects unless exempted by ordinance or annexation agreements. All meetings of the P&Z are open to the public and members of the public may offer comments at the hearings. Agendas for all P&Z Meetings are published in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, and are open for public comment. All hearing dates for this project will also be posted on this site under the “Future Meetings” tab at the top of this page.
No hearings have yet been scheduled for the P&Z Commission for this project.
STEP FOUR: VILLAGE BOARD
A recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission will be submitted to Staff who will prepare a memorandum to the Village Board summarizing any unresolved issues from the preceding reviews and presenting a staff recommendation. The proposed project will then be placed on a Committee of the Whole (COW) agenda for preliminary consideration/approval. If approved by the COW, the proposal will be placed on a subsequent Village Board Agenda for final consideration/approval.
Agendas for all Village Board Meetings are published in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, and are open for public comment. All hearing dates for this project will also be posted on this site under the “Future Meetings” tab at the top of this page.
- Daily Herald: "Pending Hawthorn Mall pact calls for $46.5 million 'pay as you go' incentive".
- YouTube: Vernon Hills Update - December 2020: Interview with GM Jeff Rutzen on the progress of the H20 Redevelopment.
- Sears Demolition will be First Step in $250 Million Hawthorn Mall Makeover
- 2020-128 an ordinance of the Village Of Vernon Hills, Lake County, Illinois, adopting Tax Increment Allocation Financing for the Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment Project Area
- 2020-127 an ordinance of the village of Vernon Hills, Lake County, Illinois designating the Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment Project Area of said village a redevelopment project area pursuant to The Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act
2020- 126 an Ordinance of the Village Of Vernon Hills, Lake County,Illinois, approving a tax increment redevelopment plan and Redevelopment project for the Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment project area
- Public Gets its Say if Vernon Hills Should Give Hawthorn Mall Tax Incentives
- Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment Reaching a Milestone
- Hawthorn Mall Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Project and Plan. In accordance with State of Illinois TIF Statutes, the Village of Vernon Hills is required to post a draft of the Hawthorn Mall TIF Qualification Report and Redevelopment Project Plan on our website for public review prior to any public hearings. A printed copy of this plan is also available for public review and inspection at the Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL, on Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- New TIF Registry Available - During the April 21 Village Board Meeting, Trustees approved Ordinance 2020-052 authorizing the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Interested Parties Registry. This new Registry allows Village residents and organizations to sign up, to automatically receive key notices regarding any TIF within the Village. While the Village has always maintained registries for each TIF District, this new Registry encompasses all present and future TIFs into one sign-up process. For more information, please review the TIF Registry Rules, as well as the Application for either Individuals or Organizations.
2020-052 Vernon Hills TIF Registry Rules
Individual Application VH TIF Registry
Organization Application VH TIF Registry
- $250 Million Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment ’Moving at Light Speed 5/8/2020
- Hawthorn Mall Closed Temporarily, but planning for future makeover continues 5/7/2020
- Ordinance 2020-052 Authorizing the Establishment of a Tax Increment Financing Interested Parties Registry and Adopting Rules for Registration in relation Thereto 5/7/2020
- From Parking Lots to Restaurants? What may be next for "Hawthorn Mall 2.0" 01/18/2020
- Sears Leaving Spring Hill Mall in February, and West Dundee Mayor Ponders Future Without Retail Anchor
- Suburban malls look to reinvent, reinvigorate themselves as retail slips away - 8/18/2019
- Suburban towns struggle to re-purpose vacant, failed shopping malls 7/29/2019
- As wait continues for formal plan to redevelop Hawthorn Mall, officials in Vernon Hills gear up for negotiations over tax incentives - 7/3/2019
- Debunking the Retail Apocalypse - by the Commercial Industry Solutions Team at Esri
- What Will It Take to Revive the Hawthorn Mall. Residents Give Feedback 6/19/2019
- Northbrook Court Redevelopment Approaches Final Village Approval 6/13/2019
- Northbrook Approves TIF for Northbrook Court Redevelopment - 6/10/2019
- Town hall set for Vernon Hills residents to review Hawthorn Mall plans - 6/3/2019
- Vernon Hills residents to discuss concerns about Hawthorn Mall plans - 6/2/2019
- Column: Proposed redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall a good thing for an aging city center - 5/29/2019
- ’Central park’ remake of Hawthorn Mall center court set to begin - 5/28/2019
- Dying Malls Resurrected in Multifamily Markets 5/17/2019
- The New Multifamily Building Next Door Isn’t Crowding Your School 5/17/2019
- A new hope rises for Lake County’s sputtering retail industry - 5/8/2019
- Demand exists for brick-and-mortar stores in Vernon Hills, study says, as officials eye redevelopment - 4/29/2019
- Millennials Tried to Kill the American Mall, But Gen Z Might Save It - 4/25/2019
- Redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall takes shape with new plans to add grocery store, luxury apartments - 4/11/2019
- Hawthorn Mall owner on major makeover: We’re in it for the long haul - 4/4/2019
- Hawthorn Mall redevelopment key for Vernon Hills - 11/25/2018