HUNTLEY – An Elgin developer hopes to break ground later this fall on an expansion to the Regency Square strip mall in Huntley, after Village Board members approved final designs Thursday.
The project adds an Aldi grocery store and a Brunch Cafe to the Regency Square commercial outlet along Route 47, near Kreutzer Road. Interstate Partners, the project’s developer, have said that both retailers will better serve Huntley, which has a need for more dining options.
The Aldi store will complement the larger grocers in town like Jewel and Walmart, said Interstate Partners President Mark Ebacher.
“We think that the Brunch Cafe, combined with Aldi, provides an increased anchor to the overall Regency development and provides alternative options to the community,” Ebacher said. “Overall, we think it’s a great project.”
Interstate Partners’ newest project also provides added options within Regency Square, after the developer constructed a Jimmy John’s, Starbucks and Rookie’s restaurant last year.
But the board’s endorsement of the project did not come without debate. Trustee John Piwko reiterated his issues with the all-brick design of the Aldi store, before casting the lone “no” vote on the project.
Interstate Partners tried to address Piwko concerns earlier this year by changing building evaluations, brick patterns and colors. The developer stuck to the design this week, even after Piwko repeated his concerns in a committee meeting last week.
“I’m really disappointed that the architects couldn’t find anything to appease any of the suggestions that we had set forth,” Piwko said.
The board approved the project, 4-1. Trustee Niko Kanakaris was absent.
In other business, board members kick-started the annual budget planning process by examining recent revenue and debt numbers.
Village administrators also presented members with a list of capital projects that are on the village’s radar for 2014. The list includes the designing of the Reed Road extension, west of Route 47; additional planning for a commuter train station; and funding a special census count.
Board members need to have a budget in place by Jan. 1.