Anticipation building in Sugar Grove

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – In 2014, Village President Sean Michels expects construction to begin on a 60-unit, age-restricted apartment development west of Walgreens, which is off Route 47.

It is among the more significant developments residents will see in the year, and Michels said residents will notice several such projects as the village continues to look to the future.

Michels said the senior living apartments will “fit in well with the walkable communities that people talk about.” It will be near Walgreens and the newly opened Rush-Copley Convenient Center on Route 47, as well as across the street from the Jewel-Osco store in the village.

A big topic of discussion, Michels said, will be how progress continues to be made at the Interstate 88 interchange at Route 47. The project will turn the intersection into a full interchange, meaning drivers will be able to enter and exit in both directions.

Michels said that with funding for the project in place, the focus is now on hiring an engineering firm. However, it still will be years before it’s completed. But, Michels said, it is moving forward. But in the past, he said, it’s been about financing.

“We have that,” he said. “And now we’re taking solid steps. … Unfortunately, it’s a long process.”

Residents likely will see the opening of a hardware store in 2014. Michels said that a planned Ace Hardware store – to be at the northwest corner of Galena Boulevard and Capitol Drive, near Jewel – should have a groundbreaking in the spring and could be opened by the fall. And a new American Heartland Bank could have its groundbreaking in the spring.

Michels said the village is pursuing a hotel near the village’s McDonald’s location, which also is on Route 47. Michels said there is a concept plan that shows additional restaurants and shops to augment the hotel.

–Al Lagattolla

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