ALGONQUIN – New owners of the Algonquin Town Center, which formerly housed Butera Market, plan to invest more than $5 million into a face-lift for the strip center.
Members of the Algonquin Planning and Zoning Commission met at 7:30 p.m. Monday to review site plans.
RMS Properties will add new landscaping, lighting and a parking lot, community development director Russell Farnum said. Two small-business owners said the strip center at 1300-1400 E. Algonquin Road has been “ghostlike” after Butera left.
“This will give a shot in the arm to the east side,” Trustee Jim Steigert said. “Despite the lack of population density, we are still getting some development over there, and I’m excited for what will be taking place.”
Farnum said it’s critical to look beyond retail and also seek “draw services,” such as medical offices or unique services that can’t be found elsewhere.
Mehran Farahmandpour of Maemar Architects said there will be a redirected driving layout, and parking will be available along each store’s curb. The building design will use contemporary materials and feature vertical towers.
Farahmandpour said construction would begin as soon as owners receive permits, and it should take about seven to nine months to complete.
Resident Kathie DeLude lives behind the strip center, and she said neighbors struggle with loud noises and deliveries made throughout the day.
The commission agreed to look into landscaping behind the center and limiting delivery hours for stores in the area.
The center currently houses Unique Nail Salon, China Dragon, Subway, S.T. Cigars, Moderno Beauty Salon, Dollar Tree, a dentist office, the Algonquin post office, One Ball Inc. and Goodwill.
RMS Properties bought the center in the fall, senior planner Ben Mason said.
The Algonquin Village Board will vote on the site plans at a meeting April 3, Mason said.