Huntley close to adding grocery store, restaurant

HUNTLEY – Residents are close to having another grocer and dining option, after Huntley Village Board members Thursday generally supported the latest design that would expand Regency Square.

Elgin-based developer Interstate Partners has been working through the village's planning process all year on an expansion to the Regency Square strip mall along Route 47 that would add an Aldi grocery store and a Brunch Cafe outlet.

But Trustee John Piwko still had issues with the all-brick design of the proposed Aldi store, even after Interstate Partners changed exterior elevations and columns to spruce up the building's look. Piwko expressed similar concerns this summer.

Interstate Partners said it will work with Aldi and village staff on changing the design before the board meets next Thursday to give the proposed commercial development final approval.

"We think Aldi and Brunch Cafe are answering two components of unmet demand for Huntley itself and for residents who live further to the west and south," said Interstate Partners President Mark Ebacher.

The developer will locate its newest commercial development on two lots directly south from the Jimmy John's, Little Caesars, Starbucks and Rookie's restaurant in Regency Square. Interstate Partners added all four stores to the strip mall last year.

Brunch Cafe and a second, undetermined tenant would be in a 6,560-square-foot building. Outdoor patio space would be created on the north end of the building to allow for outdoor dining at the breakfast and lunch cafe.

Brunch Cafe already operates in McHenry, Fox River Grove and Roselle. Aldi would occupy an adjacent 17,014-square-foot brick building. Interstate Partners hopes to start construction later this fall.

In other business, trustees gave tentative support for Huntley Community Radio's plan to build a low-power FM transmission antenna on top of a water tower within Huntley's Wing Pointe subdivision.

The station, launched online late last year by Sun City residents, has been preparing a request with the Federal Communication Commission for a license to broadcast on residents' FM dials.

The tentative agreement on an antenna with the village allows the radio station to proceed with its broadcast license application. The FCC's filing window for low-power FM stations lasts from Oct. 15 to 29.

Huntley Community Radio doesn't expect to hear from the FCC on its application for the next several months. If ultimately approved, the station would then invest $5,000 in required studies to install the antenna, before sending formal proposals to the village for approval.

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