Convenience store planned for downtown East Dundee
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media January 15, 2014 9:32AM
Updated: February 17, 2014 7:59AM
EAST DUNDEE — A convenience store has been proposed for a building owned by Otto Engineering in the village’s downtown.
But before that can happen, Otto President Tom Roeser said the 4,000-square-foot building, at 207 Barrington Ave., is in need of significant renovations — including roofing, flooring, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, doors and windows, among other improvements.
If the renovations can move forward, Ahmad Azmi, president of Azmi Enterprises Inc., has proposed a small store that would sell groceries, snacks, packaged liquor and party supplies.
The proposal was discussed this week by the village board and was “sent back to the drawing board,” said Village Administrator Robert Skurla.
Roeser is expected to give the board a revised proposal on the plan’s financial structure. According to village documents, Otto is requesting a 30 percent recapture of his $479,000 investment through Tax Increment Financing funds with a five-year “clawback provision,” and to be eligible for participation in the facade grant program.
The clawback provision requires that a business remain in operation for a set period; if for whatever reason the business closes, it is responsible for repaying the TIF funds back to the village.
The facade program provides funding to encourage property owners and business tenants to improve the overall exterior appearance of commercial buildings along major thoroughfares within the village.
Roeser has purchased several sites in the village in order to help revamp the downtown.
The proposed grocery store location, formerly the home of graphic design firm Bending Design Inc., is next to the Scoo-B-Do’s pet grooming salon and across from Diamond Jim’s restaurant.
In a letter to the village, Azmi said that type of store is needed in the community.
“The closest store in the area is Jewel-Osco located at Route 72/Higgins or Woodman’s at Randall Road. These two facilities are considered as the big stores, with long queues and waiting lines,” he said. “The requirement from the community is a need for a quick stop, where they can stop and go, and buy day to day groceries.”
Azmi said during the spring and summer, local parks bring foot traffic to the area.
“The Little Leagues bring different teams, and the parks have different activities all day long,” he said. “The parents and kids need refreshments and snacks, and for that (the store) will cater their needs.”
East Dundee Village President Lael Miller lauds the proposal.
“If we have a convenient store in the downtown area, I think that would be great,” he said.