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Algonquin considering three business proposals

Gander Mountain, Goodwill, wellness center hope to start building within village limits

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:35 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – Village Board members on Tuesday are scheduled to begin considering zoning requests for three businesses that want to locate in Algonquin.

In addition to Gander Mountain, which wants to locate along Randall Road, Goodwill and a new wellness center are proposed for the village.

The Algonquin Wellness Center and Med Spa is proposed for 2430 Esplanade Drive just west of Hobby Lobby. The business is requesting a special-use permit.

Ali Hyderi, who submitted the petition to the village, wants to build a 14,120-square-foot medical office building. The tenants would be a doctors’ group specializing in holistic health and comprehensive medical care, and a medical and aesthetic spa, according to village documents.

Services would include traditional medical services, nutrition counseling, herbs and supplements, energy medicine, and med-spa treatments like Botox, fillers and lasers.

When the business starts there would be eight employees. The wellness center and med spa plans to have up to 22 employees once the location is fully operational, Senior Planner Katie Parkhurst wrote in a village memo.

Patient volume could grow to up to 200 patients a day, according to the proposed business plan.

“The focus of the center shall be the use of functional medicine approach,” according to the business plan. “By shifting [from] the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-center approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.”

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois plans to move into the former True Value building at 1430 E. Algonquin Road. Goodwill plans to add a drive-up lane, and build a 1,750-square-foot addition to the building to accommodate a loading dock, according to a staff memo written by Senior Planner Ben Mason.

Goodwill, which has locations in McHenry and Huntley and one soon to open in Crystal Lake, plans to start work in Algonquin in the spring and open at the end of September, pending board approval. The nonprofit is asking for a special-use permit from the village.

The building landlord and Goodwill plan to invest between $1.4 million and $1.5 million into the property, said Sam Schmitz, president of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois.

The Algonquin location is expected to employ 40 to 50 people and generate about $100,000 in sales tax dollars a year, according to Goodwill’s business plan.

“With the population and demographics of Algonquin, it’s a perfect fit to work with the community to accept donations [and] hopefully people will shop,” Schmitz said.

Gander Mountain also has plans to build a new location in the village.

The retail chain is asking for permission to build a 52,000-square-foot store in the Millbrook Marketplace Development.

The proposed Gander Mountain would be built just north of Walmart at 1400 S. Randall Road on what is now a vacant lot. A 240-space parking lot also would be built, according to village documents.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based Gander Mountain has 127 retail stores in 24 states, including in Geneva, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield in Illinois.

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