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West Dundee Board makes it to the mall for meeting

Spring Hill Mall general manager Amy Prew gives presentatiduring Monday night ’s Village Board meeting mall. | ErSauder for Sun-Times

Spring Hill Mall general manager Amy Prew gives a presentation during Monday night ’s Village Board meeting at the mall. | Erin Sauder for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 19, 2014 6:17AM

WEST DUNDEE — Local resident Dan Finnegan was able to combine shopping and community involvement Monday night at Spring Hill Mall.

In an effort at having board meetings go mobile, the village board opted to host its most recent meeting at the shopping center.

“I was just out here doing some shopping and I’d heard something about a meeting being held at the mall,” Finnegan said. “So I thought I’d check it out.”

During Monday’s meeting, Spring Hill Mall general manager Amy Prew gave a presentation on what’s ahead for the shopping hub. Already, the mall has been outfitted with free Wi-Fi access, and more than 30 tablets with Internet access have been installed in the center court, she said.

“We’re hoping to capture the longer length of stay and more frequent visits,” Prew said.

Under construction is a Nestlé Café kiosk, which will sell coffee and hot chocolate. The area surrounding the future kiosk already has been decked out with seating.

The cafe is expected to open in mid-January. Other amenities include new lighting and interior landscaping.

Prew also hinted there will be an announcement concerning the mall that could be made as soon as January. “We’re actively working on plans to bring retailers to the center,” she said.

Village President Chris Nelson said he liked the idea of the mall being a gathering place.

“People don’t necessarily have to come here and shop, although our hope of course is that they do,” he said. “But they can also just come for coffee and use the free Wi-Fi and spend some time here. It’s a nice setting.”

At one point, board members adjourned to take a tour.

Finnegan said he was impressed by the board’s decision to host a meeting at the mall.

“I think this is exciting,” he said. “I think as residents we have to be as involved as we can. I’m really happy to good leadership and a sense of community.”

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