As residents of West Lake Forest for the last 28 years we’ve benefitted from both the residential and commercial development that has occurred in our part of the city.
However recent proposals for West Lake Forest are proving to be problematic rather than beneficial, and a source of concern.
An article in the local media recently noted there was “wide-spread support” for an Amtrak stop at the Last Forest West train station, yet no source of this supposed “wide-spread support” was given in the article.
Anyone driving in West Lake Forest can attest to the high volume of traffic near the West Train Station and the long delays from both passenger and freight trains that tie up the free flow of traffic at a major intersection.
In addition, a proposed gas station, car wash and mini-mart on the SE corner of Everett and Waukegan Road which is being considered by the Lake Forest City Council would clearly bring additional traffic and additional delays at that same intersection.
Of even greater concern is the possibility of constructing a rail track to hold freight trains for periods of time, many of which have cars hauling dangerous and combustible materials that could create a serious hazmat situation.
We would strongly suggest a survey of West Lake Forest residents to determine the community’s opinion about the addition of an Amtrak train stop, the construction of a gas station, car wash and mini-mart and the creation of a rail line to hold freight cars.
Veronica and Patrick Patt