ALGONQUIN – The village of Algonquin is looking to bring dark fiber to the Algonquin Corporate Campus to attract and retain businesses in the area.
“To have a state-of-the-art business park, we want to have state-of-the-art fiber there, and that’s what we’re providing,” Village Manager Tim Schloneger said at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
The total cost for the project would be about $202,993, according to village documents.
The dark, or inactive, fiber would allow businesses to tap into high-speed internet using a third-party provider, Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera said.
The village expects to recapture the initial investment from future development by assessing a pro-rated fee to adjacent property owners to access the network, he said.
The Algonquin Corporate Campus is a 1,000-acre business park development on Corporate Parkway, off of Randall Road. Most of the campus is underdeveloped, Kumbera said, but they’re hoping to see more traffic with Longmeadow Parkway’s construction and the fiber addition.
There are 12 businesses there now, Kumbera said, including Young Innovations, Cool Pair Plus, Progressive Solutions Corp. and United Information Technologies.
“This is our corporate business park, so [it’s] really the area that warrants that type of need,” Kumbera said. “It’s obviously something that will hopefully set the village apart and be an attraction magnet for development.”
At Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, trustees decided to move the item forward. It is expected to be considered at the Algonquin Village Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin.