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Huntley officials look for resident input on Interstate 90-Route 47 corridor

H. Rick Bamman file photo – hbamman@shawmedia.com
The Huntley Outlet Center is seen vacant May 1. Developers hope to have a portion of the mall at Route 47 and Interstate 90 demolished by Oct. 1.
H. Rick Bamman file photo – hbamman@shawmedia.com The Huntley Outlet Center is seen vacant May 1. Developers hope to have a portion of the mall at Route 47 and Interstate 90 demolished by Oct. 1.

HUNTLEY – Huntley village officials are wondering what developments residents want to see along the Interstate 90-Route 47 corridor.

The village will host an open house to review a draft plan that will guide future land use and development. The study area includes the commercial, office and light industrial property surrounding the tollway interchange.

Village staff and planning consultant firm Houseal Lavigne Associates will be in attendance to answer questions and take comments regarding the plan from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the village of Huntley Municipal Complex, 10987 Main St.

A $61 million four-way I-90 interchange project was completed in 2013, which inspired the draft plan, along with some properties’ expiring annexation agreements.

“With the investment we’ve made recently with the full interchange, we’ve seen continued interest in development in the area,” Huntley Assistant Village Manager Lisa Armour said. “We wanted to make sure we took a fresh look at the area and could make sure it represents what the demands are in today’s world, and make sure residents could have input, as well.”

Part of the draft plan will include the type of development the village would like to see occupy the now-closed Huntley Outlet Center. Developers previously have said they would like to rezone the land into an office and research industrial district.

Armour said the new plan will help the village during conversations about rezoning, and she said the developers are interested in warehouse properties.

Other key points of the plan include maintaining the office land use at the northwest corner of Route 47 and Jim Dhamer Drive. The Stade property north of Freeman Road is proposed as a business park and flexible space area, according to village documents.

“We are focusing on bringing the type of development and opportunities that will bring jobs, enhance the tax base in the village and enhance commercial properties,” Armour said. “We want to set the stage for the impression people coming off the interstate or from the south have as they enter.”

Once completed, the Village Board could consider adopting the plan as an amendment to the village’s comprehensive plan.

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