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Algonquin panel to finalize Phase 1 plan for The Galleria's first phase

By DERRICK GINGERY dgingery@nwherald.com

ALGONQUIN - More restaurants, stores and a movie theater could be under construction this spring across the street from the Algonquin Commons shopping center.

Final plans for The Galleria's first phase will go to the village Planning and Zoning Commission at 7:30 p.m. Monday at village hall, 2200 Harnish Drive.

Officials will have a packed agenda to consider, including plans for a strip mall on the southwest corner of Randall and County Line roads, as well as phase three of the Algonquin Corporate Campus near Boyer and County Line roads.

Jeff Mihelich, Algonquin assistant village manager, said restaurants, furniture stores and the movie theater are included in The Galleria's initial phase of 13 commercial lots on 34 acres.

Mihelich said so far the complex complements Algonquin Commons, which opened Oct. 7.

"The restaurant mix is different from what is across the street," he said. "They are not directly competing with the Commons."

The Galleria will be about 1 million square feet when finished. The shopping center will sit on 110 acres, east of Randall Road and south of County Line Road across the from Algonquin Commons.

An additional 80 acres near The Galleria is planned for residential development, including 118 houses and 108 town houses.

Officials at Mid America Real Estate, the company proposing the center, could not be reached for comment.

The Galleria's main entrance will be on Randall Road at Commons Drive, which also is the main access to Algonquin Commons. Mihelich said another entrance will be off County Line Road. Other than minor roadwork and striping, Randall and County Line roads are ready for the shopping center, he said.

Mihelich said the main entrance will have a waterfall and reflecting pool. He said the mall will be connected by pedestrian walkways, but the theater will be separate from the stores.

"It is not at all designed like a big-box power center," he said. "It is very high-quality architecture, very upscale."

The village board will vote on the plan after the Planning and Zoning Commission makes its recommendation.

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