GLEN ELLYN – As Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce members learned, Pete's Fresh Market is just one of a slew of new businesses set to open in the village in the next year.
Glen Ellyn Planning and Development Director Staci Hulseberg and Economic Development Coordinator Meredith Hannah updated chamber members during their monthly meeting Jan. 9 about development coming to the village, including Pete's Fresh Market, which plans to open in February 2019 in the former Dominick's store in the Baker Hill shopping center.
"Let me tell you, that's a lot going on," Hulseberg said, in addressing chamber members.
In September 2017, village trustees approved a $1.25 million incentive to bring Pete's Fresh Market to the former Dominick's store. The village would receive a $75,000 base sales tax each year, and there would be a 50-50 sales tax split above the base between the village and shopping center owner. The agreement would terminate after the $1.25 million is reached or 10 years, whichever is first.
In addition, Two Hound Red microbrewery is set to open this spring in the former Schmid Gifts and More store at 486 Pennsylvania Ave. Schmid was a pharmacy and then a gift store before it closed in 2011 after a 44-year history in the village.
Businesses also found new homes in the past year. For example, in December, Glen Ellyn Dentistry moved from its building at 577 Pennsylvania Ave. in the village's downtown into a vacant building at 462 Prospect Ave.
Other businesses set to open in the next year include Nobel House and Sushi Ukai, which are set to open in spring 2018 in the former Soukup's Hardware & Appliances store. McMae’s on Main restaurant opened in December at 411 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn. The space formerly housed Wooden Barrel Bar & Grill, which closed in spring 2016.
Hulseberg also talked about possible plans to build a pedestrian walkway that would connect the parking lot at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center to Main Street.
"After the Police Department left and moved into their fabulous new facility on South Park Boulevard, that has given us the availability of about 40 additional parking spaces behind the Civic Center," she said. "Those are public spaces. Anybody can park there for three hours, and we wanted to see if there was a way to connect those parking spaces out to Main Street. So we have been investigating the possibility of constructing a pedestrian walkway, possibly through the Dance, Dance, Dance studio hallway. That would allow people to have a direction connection."
Utility and streetscape improvements also are planned for the central business district in the next couple of years, including possible sidewalk widening and crosswalk improvements, Hulseberg said.
"We are hoping that the streetscape/utility improvements and the resurfacing of the CBD streets could occur as early as 2019," she said.