Worth TOD Plan

Date: 2016

Client: Village of Worth

Location: Worth, Illinois

Farr Associates led a TOD plan for the Village of Worth, a Chicago south suburban community served by RTA Metra service. While the station is well-utilized, the station area is underdeveloped, consisting of mostly surface parking lots and inconsistent strip mall development. Two wide arterials also cross at the station area, acting as physical barriers. The Village sought assistance from Farr Associates to create a station area plan to guide more pedestrian-friendly and mixed use redevelopment in the area.

A market analysis for the area concluded there was demand for up to 30,000 sf of new commercial and for strategically placed rental apartments. The master plan incorporates these findings, targeting two perpendicular streets– 111th Street and Depot Avenue, as primary streets for strategic redevelopment for these new uses. As later redevelopment happens, it will spread to adjacent streets. The team also developed a regulating plan to guide any new development in the station area. The new “TOD District” allows for taller buildings and more flexible parking regulations that the surrounding area.