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Mayor's Update

The Village of Hoffman Estates continues to enjoy growth in several areas including economic development, infrastructure improvements and new home construction. A priority for many years, the construction of the Barrington Road interchange on I-90 is anticipated to wrap up in late 2016 with all tollway improvements to be completed in 2017. New restaurants have joined the ranks of Hoffman Estates eateries, additional entertainment and retail options are anticipated to further boost the activity at 59/90 and the first housing developments since before the economic downturn began construction in 2015.

One of the most significant projects, in the works for many years, is the I-90 Barrington Road interchange. “Once open, the Barrington Road interchange will no doubt have a positive impact on the entire region. AMITA Health (previously Alexian Brothers Health System) will gain much needed public safety and patron access from the tollway while residents and business patrons will have a more direct route to the interchange via Barrington Road,” said Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod.

New bus stops for express service on I-90 and a PACE Bus Park & Ride facility will be integrated into the innovatively designed interchange, alongside major improvements to pedestrian and bicycle access. Companies nearby will have direct accessibility to the Park and Ride facility and to bike trails, allowing employees additional transit options and reducing some area traffic congestion.

Additionally, two more future pedestrian and bicycle crossings of I-90 at Bartlett Road and underneath I-90 and Hoffman Boulevard just west of the CN tracks will join the Barrington Road crossing in providing more connections between Hoffman Estates residents and businesses.

“Connectivity is important for Hoffman Estates particularly as we have a sprawling Village landscape,” McLeod said. “The fact that we don’t have a ‘downtown’ is even more reason for us to strive for features that enhance safety, well-being and ease of use to everyone in the community.”

2015 also included a stormwater improvement project that will reduce flooding in the Jones-Highland subdivision. Improvements were made possible through a grant of $900,000 from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for rehabilitation of the water and sewer infrastructure in problem areas.

The village completed the second year of its five-year street revitalization program using $6 million in new and existing revenues to reconstruct and resurface 23 streets throughout the village. In addition, Federal Surface Transportation Program funds paid for 80 percent of the $2.6 million reconstruction of Bode Road.

The village street revitalization program will continue in 2016 with $6.2 million } budgeted to reconstruct 11 streets and resurface 10 others; as well as $1.3 million in STP funds to resurface Hillcrest and Moon Lake Boulevards, with IDOT approval for two additional projects in the future. Federal funds and the village’s new revenue sources allow the village to make neighborhood infrastructure improvements without increasing residential property taxes.

“Improvements to intersections, repaving the streets and repairing sidewalks are critical components to making our community safe and attractive for people to live and work no matter how they choose to travel,” McLeod said.

Projects that were conceptual in 2014 are now under construction, including the Adesa Auto Auction complex; Main Event Entertainment Center; Trumpf Technology Center; a Duluth Trading Company retail store; Woodfield Acura; a medical office building; and two McDonald’s, a Burger King, Culvers and Wendy’s restaurants.

Two new Ala Carte restaurants, Sweet Caroline’s Crab-n-Cue and Moretti’s, made their debut in late 2015 near the intersection of Barrington and Higgins Roads. Hoffman Estates also welcomed the Hoffman Estates Beer Garden, which leased space at the Village Green, sharing its revenues with the village.

The village submitted two applications to the State of Illinois for Enterprise Zone designations for the Prairie Stone Business Park and the Huntington 90 area (which includes the AT&T campus). If chosen, State and local incentives will become available for existing and potential businesses to develop or redevelop properties in those areas.

More people will be living and working in Hoffman Estates soon. The first housing developments since before the economic downturn began construction in 2015 include 17 single family homes in the Bradwell Estates subdivision and the initial phase of an 81 home project by MI Homes in the Bergman Farms subdivision at the old Bergman Farm property at Algonquin and Ela roads. “New home construction is exciting for us and is a good indicator of the village’s health,” McLeod said. “We’re anticipating great interest in the new housing options being offered.”

Under Hoffman Estates ownership since 2009, the Sears Centre Arena achieved its highest event income in 2015, attracting 87 events with over $750,000 in event profit generated from new promoters alone. From the growing base of ethnic events to well-attended national sporting and community events, the arena continues to boom. Success is anticipated to continue as it becomes the new home of the Chicago Bulls NBA Development League team, Windy City Bulls, starting in November 2016.

McLeod praised the group involved in bringing the deal to fruition. “The Sears Arena management team, village staff and elected officials were really instrumental in creating a win-win for the Chicago Bulls and the village. We look forward to a long partnership with Bulls leadership, the organization and its fans.”

In addition to continued growth throughout the community, the village’s Fire, Police and Health and Human Services departments continue to excel. “These departments are led by top-notch professionals who work hard to ensure their teams are providing excellent service to our residents,” McLeod said. “They also provide ways for interested residents to explore through the Citizen’s Fire and Police Academies and Police Explorers programs.”

The village continues to make use of powerful social media tools, its website, Citizen newsletter and other platforms to inform the community about exciting events and relevant programs and services.

“We realize how important it is to keep people informed and need to make sure we are on top of our game,” McLeod said. New in 2016 is an updated version of the free mobile app; set to launch in February. For more information about village programs and events, visit www.hoffmanestates.org.

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