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Romeoville approves another piece of Uptown Square redevelopment

Brock A. Stein | 2/8/2016, 12:53 p.m.
Romeoville officials have approved another piece of their east side redevelopment plan that will include a new Harris Bank and ...
A new retail outlot has been approved for Romeoville's Uptown Square.

Romeoville officials have approved another piece of the Uptown Square development on the village’s east side near the Route 53 corridor.

The new 9400 square foot out lot will be the final retail component of the 10 acre campus which includes the Edward Hospital athletic and events center.

The out lot is expected to be the home of a Harris Bank as well as other retailers.

The addition of the new retail outlot will add what Romeoville Mayor John Noak calls a “flexible shopping center” though he said he couldn’t reveal the names of the other potential tenants.

As part of the agreement with the village the developer, 615 Romeoville LLC, will be eligible for up to $275,000 in Tax Incentive Funding (TIF) incentives.

Under the terms, the developer will be required to begin construction by May 1 of this year with the project completed by May 2017. Improvements will also be completed by the developer on Phelps Ave. and Alexander Circle as part of the agreement.

The deal comes on the heels of a ground breaking made earlier in February on a planned Fat Ricky’s restaurant and Franconi’s Grocery Store on the same property.

Returning a grocery store to the village's east side has been part of the village's long term redevelopment plan for the Route 53 corridor. A Jewel-Osco that had been shuttered for several years was razed in 2013.

The 4,500-square-foot store Franconi's grocery store will include a deli, bakery and coffee shop.

The village board also honored Wayne Draudt, Executive Vice President Emeritus at Lewis University and a 25-year member of Romeoville’s economic development commission.

Mayor John Noak said that Draudt was a member of the commission during a time of unparalleled growth and transformation in the village.

“We’ll truly miss your expertise,” said Noak of his tenure.

Draudt said that the explosion of development in the village mirrored the 429-acre Lewis campus. During his time with the college and serving on the board he said the village saw the completion of a new village hall, a Weber Road interchange, 135th Street bridge, continued retail development along Weber Rd, and the construction of a new recreation center.

During that time the Lewis campus became home to a new National Weather Service Doppler radar station which Draudt said “puts Romeoville on virtually every nightly TV weather map.” In addition, the college’s Lewis airport underwent further development, and new recreation and science centers were constructed.

Draudt said he hoped that the village and Lewis would “keep the momentum going.”

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