by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Keeping up with the flux of retail that set up shop in Sugar Grove last year, the village in 2012 will see some big names established in the village, namely a Walgreens pharmacy and Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurant.
“I am encouraged that Walgreens has submitted their building plan, and Jimmy John’s has also submitted plans for their build out,” Village President Sean Michels said.
Jimmy John’s is currently under construction, while Walgreens is expected to break ground in the spring.
Those incoming retailers could be accompanied by new residential growth this year, as well. According to Michels, Community Development Director Rich Young has been in contact with Yorkville’s The National Bank, which owns the majority of the Prairie Glen subdivision. The bank, in turn, is talking to a developer about coming in and building some homes in the subdivision.
“I think that’s important for our retailers—having some growth through new houses. And it helps the village defray a lot of its expenses to more residents, so that will be good,” Michels said.
Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said the village is trying to come up with creative ways to get housing movement in several residential subdivisions.
“It would benefit the residents who live in those neighborhoods. From a tax base, it takes the same amount of money and time to plow and salt a street, but by having vacant lots instead of homes built in that subdivision, it is a cost to the community as a whole,” Eichelberger said. “(Residential growth) not only benefits a particular neighborhood, it benefits the village.”
The village is currently working with the owner of the north part of the Settlers Ridge subdivision in order to reinvigorate the property. Eichelberger said it’s possible that the village in early 2012 could be looking at an amendment to an annexation agreement that would make the Settlers Ridge property viable again.
According to Eichelberger, one of the village’s biggest non-residential goals in 2012 is to see the start of construction for a 200-bed head trauma center, which would be located near the corner of Route 47 and Wheeler Road. Michels said in 2010 that the rehabilitation facility project would create over 200 construction jobs, as well as 200 permanent jobs for doctors, nurses, therapists and other professionals once the center is completed.
The village initially anticipated that the trauma center would begin construction in 2011, but a certificate of need must first be awarded to the facility’s developer, Molloy Bolz Properties, LLC. According to Michels, state budget cuts slowed the process.
Michels said his main goal for 2012 is to get more commercial retail on Route 47.
“(I want to) get Walgreens going … get that supported living facility moving and breaking ground, because it will take a while for that to (be built),” he said. “Hopefully we can also get some new residential construction going on.”