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Cary Mayor Mark Kownick talks economic development at business roundtable

Published: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 12:25 a.m. CDT
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Cary Mayor Mark Kownick

CARY – An equipment sales and repair business relocating to the former Fox Valley Systems property is among the developments expected to come to Cary in the next year, Mayor Mark Kownick said.

At the Cary Business Roundtable, hosted Thursday by the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, Kownick highlighted the village’s economic development efforts in 2016 and noted projects expected for the coming year.

“We’ve welcomed 15 new businesses, we have watched 13 existing businesses relocate within the village or expand within the village, [and] we’ve created over 100 new jobs,” Kownick said of progress made in 2016.

A new business planning to come to the village this year at 640 Industrial Drive is Illinois Lift Equipment Inc., which specializes in the retail sale, rental and repair of forklifts and other related equipment, according to village documents. The space previously was occupied by Fox Valley Systems before a March 2013 explosion led to the business being cited for 26 safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The property was left in “poor standards” before Midwest Industrial Funds bought and built out the property, Kownick said. At Tuesday’s Cary Village Board meeting, trustees approved an ordinance granting a conditional use permit for Illinois Lift to operate, he said. 

Another project highlighted at the roundtable was Sage Products’ expansion on the 27 acres of land adjacent to its current property, 3909 Three Oaks Road.

Sage Products Vice President and General Manager of Operations Sean Haley said that the company expects to break ground on the first phase of its project by April, and it hopes to start putting up walls for its new warehouse by June. 

The first phase of the project includes building a 200,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution expansion with relocated shipping docks and added parking. Currently, the company leases warehouse space outside of Cary to hold its products, Haley said.

“We’re thrilled,” Haley said. “Just operationally speaking, it makes such a difference to be able to do it all under one roof.”

Projects the village continues to work on include the estimated $1.2 million downtown streetscape project and the relocation of Cary’s Metra station, Kownick said.

Potential housing developments coming to the village include the West Lake subdivision, which trustees approved conceptual plans for in September, and the PIRHL development for affordable senior housing at the southwest corner of Three Oaks Road and Feinberg Drive, Kownick said.

Kownick said nothing has come before the Village Board regarding development at what’s known as the Selke property, which is located on the south side of the intersection of Route 14 and Jandus Cutoff Road.

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