Carpentersville game for new businesses in 2014
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media December 31, 2013 8:34AM
Carpentersville officials are waiting to hear more details of Wal-Mart's plans to move from routes 72 and 25 in East Dundee (above) to a site near Lake Marian Road and Besinger Drive in their village. | Erin Sauder for Sun-times Media
Updated: February 3, 2014 2:02PM
CARPENTERSVILLE — Even with Wal-Mart’s plans to break ground in Carpentersville still up in the air, village officials are looking forward to other developments in the works for 2014.
In the new year, four new video gambling cafes will open in the village. They include Tracy’s Bistro, which will be located at 302 W. Main St.; two Dottie’s Cafe locations that will open on Randall Road, one in the former Caribou Coffee building by Woodman’s and the other in the strip mall of the now shuttered Dominick’s grocery store; and Molly’s, which will open at 8050 Binnie Road.
“We’re excited,” Village President Ed Ritter said. “They’re all in some state of development right now.”
The cafes will feature light meals and alcoholic beverages, along with the video gaming.
As for Wal-Mart’s plan to relocate from Routes 72 and 25 in East Dundee to near Lake Marian Road and Besinger Drive in Carpentersville, Ritter said the project’s timetable is still pending.
“They’re just now starting to do submittals to various village departments,” he said. “It’s still up in the air as to how soon they will break ground. But we’re encouraging them to move their timetables up.”
In the fall, the community can look forward to the completion of the Maple Avenue Reconstruction Project, which will include new roadway with curb and gutter, storm sewer, water main, bike path and lighting; it is to be finished by the end of next summer.
And in the new year village officials may consider adding to its employee roster. “Right now we’re considering hiring a consultant to help us keep the riverfront project moving forward,” Ritter said.
Village officials have been seeking ways to beautify the riverfront in downtown Carpentersville and make it more accessible to the community.
At a Business Development Commission meeting this summer, officials discussed ways the riverfront could be improved. Some suggestions included the addition of walkways and gardens, increasing business activity, developing riverfront housing, creating recreational docks, and installing a performance venue.