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Business and Economic Development

Small-town charm and big plans for the future. That’s the philosophy behind plans for the City of Wood Dale as residents and business owners alike embrace a prime location perfectly poised for explosive 21 century economic growth.

Historically, Wood Dale’s location has always been a key to growth. From its earliest 1833 Dunklee’s Grove settlement along wagon trail routes, to the arrival of the Chicago and Pacific Railroad, and eventual incorporation first as a village and then a city, Wood Dale history is tracked by transportation and proximity.

Today, located at the center of the nation’s busiest transportation hub, the bustling west suburban community is strategically situated on the western edge of O’Hare International Airport, just 23 miles west of downtown Chicago. The City of Wood Dale offers direct access to a number of major interstates, nearby O’Hare International Airport and Metra Rail service with direct connection to both Chicago and Elgin.

Located in the heart of the O’Hare corridor, Wood Dale is within 10 minutes of four interstate highways and boasts low DuPage County property taxes and a highly educated workforce.

The close-knit Wood Dale community has a population of 13,770 and offers residents and those working in the community unsurpassed access to transportation by land, rail or air. Wood Dale is conveniently located, just minutes away from an array of regional attractions, shopping, entertainment, and cultural attractions.

With a nod to the past and big plans for the future, transportation routes continue to play a vital role in economic development.

Gateway to the future with Western O’Hare Access
The Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project (EOWA), currently under construction and nearing completion through Wood Dale’s industrial district, allows western access to the nation’s second busiest airport and the region to meet future transportation needs, creating an anticipated 65,000 new jobs by 2040.

The major roadway construction project, which began in 2013, is expected to enhance economic development and travel performance in the area, providing access from the west side of O’Hare International Airport via York Road and accommodate nearly three times as many vehicles per day as local roads now carry. The EOWA project began with an addition of nearly 50 expressway lane miles through the conversion of Thorndale Avenue into a limited-access four-lane highway, creating an extension to the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. With this extension, a bypass or ring road will be created in order to connect I-90 and I-294.

Due to the overall magnitude of the project and potential to dramatically improve mobility, freight connectivity and enhance the national and regional economies, the EOWA project is considered a Project of National and Regional Significance by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Highlights include a new all-electronic toll road around the western border of O’Hare International Airport, linking the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), the extension of the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, now known as Illinois Route 390, east along Thorndale Avenue to O’Hare International Airport and the rehabilitation and widening of existing Illinois Route 390.

Wood Dale road construction highlights
Of special interest to Wood Dale commuters and residents is a new interchange at Illinois Route 390 and Wood Dale Road, including a Wood Dale Road overpass bridge, currently under construction, and the new frontage road system.

The Wood Dale Road bridge is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016. As construction nears completion, the City of Wood Dale is installing decorative pedestrian scale lighting along Wood Dale Road, similar to the ornamental lighting near city hall.

The City of Wood Dale is funding construction of numerous sidewalk and bike path improvements to be constructed along with the EOWA project. When complete, pedestrians and bikers will be able to traverse along a variety of new bike paths connecting to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail, and other paths leading throughout the western suburbs and beyond.

Still to come
As construction comes to a close, the Wood Dale Road and Irving Park intersection also will be enhanced with wider sidewalks and plantings designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly and safer intersection. The city council hopes a yet-to-be-determined feature at the intersection will one day help provide a sense of community identity and serve to welcome visitors to the city.

The big picture traffic view
The new tollway, Illinois Route 390, is complete from I-290 west to U.S. Route 20 and fully open to traffic; toll collection began July 5. Work continues to the east of Wood Dale on the new tollway that will be complete from I-290 east to Illinois Route 83 by the end of the 2017 construction season. Eventually, a north-south bypass or ring road connecting I-90 and I-294 is targeted for 2018 completion.

Wood Dale business at a glance
The city currently is experiencing economic growth, both in its industrial district, as well as its downtown area.

With a growing daytime population, Wood Dale boasts a number of amenities attractive to both families and business. The city is surrounded by greenery, including three rolling golf courses, acres of parkland and abundant natural forest preserves.

Homeowners are attracted to a number of new housing opportunities, including affordable condominiums, luxury town homes and single-family homes in Wood Dale. Top-tier health care services, schools that encourage students to strive for academic excellence, abundant recreational opportunities, a library described as one of the best resources in town, an award-winning police department and customer-focused city services add to Wood Dale’s quintessential appeal.

Among the 20 most recent businesses opening in the Wood Dale community are:

Business — Opening Date

Earthpaint.org — Winter 2016
Latex paint recycler and recycled paint retailer

Good News Transportation, Inc. — Winter 2016
Trucking company providing container drayage

Lofendo’s Flowers & Balloons — Winter 2016
Special event florist

OHL International — Winter 2016
Global supply chain management

Dunnwell Packaging — Winter 2016
Janitorial and shipping supplies

Azuma Leasing — Winter 2016
Furniture and appliance leasing and corporate housekeeping

Great Industries — Spring 2016
Industrial mining supplies

OCS America, Inc. — Spring 2016
Freight forwarding

Nuance Group (Chicago) LLC — Spring 2016
Travel retailer

Taco Tuesday, Inc. — Spring 2016
Mexican restaurant

American Express Lyon — Spring 2016
Truck repair

CVS Pharmacy — Spring 2016
Pharmacy

Discount Deals — Spring 2016
Discount retailer

JS Cleaning Service — Spring 2016
Residential and commercial cleaning services

BromOrganics Corporation — Spring 2016
Manufacturer of pharmaceutical products

Fredrikson Fire Equipment Company — Spring 2016
Fire protection services

Bia Group, Inc. — Spring 2016
Truck repair and storage

Valle Flow Striking — Summer 2016
Fitness center specializing in boxing, kickboxing and
mixed martial arts

Flex-Kleen Filtration Technologies — Summer 2016
Dust collection and product recovery solutions

Amazon — Coming Fall 2016
Online retailer

Wood Dale’s major employers

Company — Employees
AAR Corporation — 450
Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) — 450
Tempo Electric Heater Corporation — 450
Quest Diagnostics — 439
Novatronix — 357
Video Jet Systems — 300
Mc Machinery — 299
Madden Communications — 292
C.H. Robinson Freight Services, Ltd. — 280
Wiegel Tool Works — 181
Matrix Tooling — 170
Top Golf — 165
Optimas Solutions — 151
Target Stores — 140

New along the Thorndale Corridor & Irving Park Road
Retail and hospitality opportunities abound within both the Thorndale Corporate Corridor and the Irving Park Road central business district.

The city approved its Thorndale Corridor Master Plan in preparation for the Elgin O’Hare Western Access expressway expansion. Since then, the city has established a tax increment financing district to encourage redevelopment that supports the master plan.

“We expect the master plan with the support of TIF funds will drive redevelopment of the area adjacent to the under-construction Illinois Route 390,” said Kelley Chrisse, Wood Dale Assistant Community Development Director. “Opportunities exist for TIF funding for redevelopment along this corridor.”

The vision for the new Corporate Main Street is centered on a walkable, mixed-use thoroughfare anchoring:

1.9 million square feet of 5-6 story office towers
107,000-square-foot restaurant/retail space
1.9 million-square-foot FlexTech light industrial
2,420 hotel rooms
415 multi-family housing units
120,000-square-foot recreation center
Direct transit access to Chicago

Central business district redevelopment plans also are ongoing in accordance with a 2013 vision plan establishing a sense of identity for the downtown intersection of Wood Dale Road and Irving Park Road (Illinois Route 19). With more than 25,000 vehicles on Irving Park Road each day and two major shopping centers, expanded amenities are designed to benefit residents and bring new focus to the city center.

One of the major projects along Irving Park Road is the construction of the Randall Residence, a six-story, mixed use senior care facility. Plans call for support services on the first floor, and 140 total units consisting of one-bedroom memory care units and assisted living with studio, one and two-bedroom options. Construction is ongoing; the building shell is complete; and the interior work is underway. An early 2017 completion is anticipated.

FAST FACTS

Population — 13,770
13,917 (2015 Census Population Estimate)

Households — 5,171
Source: 2010 U.S. Census

Total Housing Units — 5,247

Median Household Income — $63,012

Median Home Value — $288,000
Source: 2005-2010 American Community Survey

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