SUGAR GROVE – In 2018, the village of Sugar Grove will be building up.
Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger and Village President Sean Michels shared that 2018 will include new construction and new business.
The residential development Settlers Ridge by Pulte Homes kicked off in late 2017, Eichelberger said, and it now has a couple of model homes and some speculative buildings and sales are underway.
“They’ll be primed for when the spring market hits,” Eichelberger said. “That project – when it’s up and running – will do very well.”
Eichelberger also said the Hannaford Farms subdivision is expected to do well in 2018.
Residential isn’t the only thing being built up. A new commercial development may be coming north of Sugar Grove Village Hall and east of the Aurora Municipal Airport. Michels said the development will be focused more on business and light manufacturing, with less emphasis on retail or wholesale. The development’s layout shows 1,500,000 square feet of building space divided between six or seven buildings.
A retail development also is in the works on a 40-acre parcel on the west side of Route 47 – and south of Galena Boulevard – to the boundary of Route 30, Eichelberger said. Retail stores are planned for the development.
Plots of land will be marketed individually, not as a 40-acre sum. In the past, a bank owned the land for a number of years, Eichelberger said.
So far, details have been sparse regarding the property. Michels said the owner hasn’t spoken to him yet and that village staff members have received a rough drawing of the proposal. The village has provided initial feedback about access rights from the state and where the village would like to see some roads.
“I think the fact that it is bought – and they are looking for retailers – is a positive sign,” Michels said. “It’s a strong sign for Sugar Grove.”
The Sugar Grove Parkway interchange will move into the next phase in 2018. Phase II, contract plan preparation and land acquisition, will start soon, Eichelberger said. Michels said he hopes that Phase II will take 12 to 18 months. Michels added that the input he’s heard about the interchange project has been positive.
The Prairie Point Assisted Living facility may open in 2018, Michels stated. The facility will feature 58 assisted-living units and 14 memory-care units. That will allow older people to stay in town and not move away if they need additional care.
“That’s going to offer some employment opportunities,” Michels said. “As people get older, they can age in town and not move out of town. That’s been a project that’s been going on for a long time. … I’m really excited to get that finally open.”
Michels said that 2017 was a good year for the village’s growth. Both Dunkin’ Donuts and Culver’s opened in 2017.
“We’ve been driving to be bigger and better and grow with common sense,” Michels said. “… It seems like it is paying off.”