Crystal Lake – Three Oaks Development
The Three Oaks Recreation Area, a repurposed quarry, stands as one of the City of Crystal Lake most important community assets. The City’s continued investment and support of the facility highlight Three Oaks as an important attraction for residents in the area, as well as the greater region. The City was faced with a hindrance; however, that limited the effectiveness of on-site improvements. The western entrance to the Three Oaks Recreation Area required visitors to pass by or through a light industrial and utility usage lot.
Houseal Lavigne Associates was hired to create an inexpensive visualization of potential redevelopments on the site. With the aim of attracting commercial development, the visualizations focused on specific uses the City hoped to see on the site, including the possibility of a Hotel development. For just under $10,000 a variety of development scenarios were rendered to help spur future growth in Crystal Lake’s Three Oaks Development site.