Route 47 corridor continues expansion

Huntley’s Route 47 corridor continues to be a popular place for developers and businesses.

Two projects – a Panera Bread restaurant and a luxury senior apartments facility – are in various stages of review by village officials.

Hamra Enterprises, representing Panera, presented conceptual plans to the village board and plan commission earlier this spring. They describe a 7,500 square-foot multi-tenant Panera Bread restaurant with a drive-through totaling 4,200 square feet, and a 3,300 retail tenant space. It would be located at the southeast corner of Route 47 and Kreutzer Road in the Huntley Grove Commercial Subdivision in front of Walmart.

The proposed building design consists of two different colors of brick with aluminum awnings over some of the windows and doorways, plus an outdoor seating area for Panera.

“The conceptual plans were well received by the commission and board, and the next step is the formal development review process,” said Margo Griffin, Huntley’s business development coordinator. She added that Hamra representatives hope to start construction later this year and open in 2018.

Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) has recently received village board approval for its Huntley Springs luxury senior apartment building on a 9.7-acre site on the eastern extension of Powers Road behind Culver’s restaurant.

Touted as all-inclusive “cruise ship living” for adults 55 and over, the pet-friendly development will offer on-demand dining, a coffee bar/pub, concierge services, a 150-seat theater, library, billiards, fitness center, lounge, valet parking, shuttle transportation, and more.

These developments will add to Huntley’s already strong reputation as a healthcare and senior living mecca. In addition to Sun City, the largest active adult community in the Chicago area, recently opening and expanding in Huntley are Centegra’s 128-bed hospital, Heritage Woods assisted living and memory care complex on Regency Square Road. Under construction are Alden’s Huntley Springs healthcare complex on Regency Square, and Advocate Sherman Hospital’s immediate care center at Route 47 and I-90.

Griffin also said last week that the village continues to market the Route 47 corridor to hotel developers, and has received inquiries.

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