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Woodman's Markets Wants to Open Kildeer Store

Kildeer, Lake Zurich would share sales tax revenues for store, which could be constructed near Rand and Cuba Roads.

Woodman's Markets is eyeing a parcel of land near Rand and Cuba Roads for a possible store.

Headquartered in Janesville, WI, Woodman's wants to construct a store on the vacant land just north of the Atrium Garden Center, on the east side of Rand Road. Though technically located in Kildeer, the would share in the store's sales tax revenues due to a recently-amended annexation agreement between Kildeer and Lake Zurich.

Those projected sales tax revenues remain confidential. The project could, however, add 250 jobs to the area "at a time when the economy is hurting as much as it is," said Village Administrator Bob Vitas.

"It would be a real boom for local employment," he added.

Discussions between Kildeer, Lake Zurich and Woodman's date back to January 2010, when the villages were first contacted by Woodman's and their property development partners, the Churchill Group. Until recently, the company's name hasn't been discussed publicly. At the Lake Zurich Village Board's Oct. 3 meeting, however, Vitas said "it's a project that (Woodman's) themselves have posted on their website." Lake Zurich is listed as a proposed location.

Part of what is stalling progress on the development, however, is the proposed access to the property. Woodman's Markets wants to add a signalized intersection on Rand Road, but the Illinois Department of Transportation hasn't granted such access. Representatives from all parties are set to meet and discuss the issue Oct. 14, Vitas said.

"Where we find ourselves today is where we found ourselves a year ago," Vitas said of the status of the project. Village leaders from Lake Zurich and Kildeer have held multiple meetings on the project, Vitas said. "We're at that juncture where this development is either going to happen or it's not."

Vitas said IDOT has very specific guidelines. One of those rules, he said, states that signalized intersections can't be located within a quarter mile of each other. Woodman's aims to place a signalized intersection just south of the existing South Old Rand intersection. The two intersections would be less than a quarter mile from each other.

At the most recent meeting between the village, Woodman's and IDOT officials, Vitas expected IDOT to review the plans and give their go-ahead.

"That did not turn out to be the case," he said.

Vitas said IDOT officials suggested that doing this could be possible should 3,000 lineal feet of additional lane be constructed on Route 12, but that option would be too expensive. Due to the annexation agreement between Kildeer and Lake Zurich, the villages are already expecting to split the projected $6 million cost to complete the already-proposed road upgrades. Vitas said it's possible that the $6 million bill could be funded by tax increment financing or a sales tax rebate.

Vitas added that there are other concerns to consider, including traffic.

"There are traffic impacts that would be experienced," he said.

At the board's Oct. 3 meeting, Trustee Tom Poynton expressed concern that sales at other stores — including ALDI, Walmart and Trader Joe's — could be negatively impacted with the construction of a new grocery store.

Jodie October 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Does the Lake Zurich Area really need another grocery store on the already traffic ridden route 12? Let's see we have Dominicks, Jewel, Trader Joes, Target, Walmart, Aldis, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Joe Capputos. I don't think so!!
Jodie October 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Oh I can't forget Costco
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way October 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM
I agree Jodie, there are only so many shoppers to go around and eventually somethings got to give. If they're set on it being a grocery store, Mariano's gets my vote!
Honest Voter October 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM
It would bring a boom to local employment? As mentioned we already have too many grocery chains down Rte 12. No added business will be brought into town and it will just take away from existing business. Why would LZ want to compete with itself? It will only force other stores to close and the local jobs will be lost. Wal Mart is already going to impact our main grocery chains I sense some more empty buildings headed our way.
Honest Voter October 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM
I do not recall a mention of a Mariano's in this article? Mariano's is still a grocery chain so how would that be an different because of a preference? The idea as a whole is not very business smart. Someone needs to get out of the way!
Resident Observer October 10, 2011 at 01:25 PM
250 new jobs in the area? Let's look at the local employment base - Lake Zurich, Kildeer, Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods, North Barrington. Even in today's economic climate, most of the residents in these communities are either established professionals or upwardly mobile (LZ talks about the statistics in their marketing materials). Unless we can depress local property values low enough, the "new jobs" certainly won't be able to support local residents. So who actually will take the "new jobs?"
Dawn Kemper October 10, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Wouldn't leaving that land as open land with a bike path, picnic areas, etc be more beneficial to the community than another grocery store? That land is beautiful with mature trees and gorgeous open space. I would love to see the forest preserve buy the land and leave it open for future generations. We have enough empty buildings cluttering up Route 12 without adding to the traffic and cement along the way.
Susan October 10, 2011 at 02:21 PM
WHy don't they take over one of the many already vacant buildings such as K-Mart or the furniture store?
Jerry Wojcicki October 10, 2011 at 02:55 PM
This is crazy to allow Woodmans to clear land when we have the K-Mart property sitting vacant for over 7 years. One of the existing grocery stoes will close with a year....now that Walmart has full grocery service so then we have another eyesore......Oh and for the Village of LZ people COUNTING on all the sales tax money - don't forget to deduct the LOST of the FULL revenue WE would receive from the grocery stores WITHIN our village limits. I'm going to fight against this one for sure.
Jay October 10, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I totally agree with everyone, what makes them think Lake Zurich needs another grocery store. We have the old Wick's Furniture and K-Mart building sitting empty on Rand Road, why not utilize these buildings. What is wrong with our Village Trustees? Don't they see how these empty buildings aren't pleasant to see?
eicy October 10, 2011 at 06:43 PM
For everyone's information, the previous Wicks is now going to be a gym with the potential to be operational 24 hours. This was recently passed by our local government. This will be the 3rd gym with a 24 hour facility already existing in the shopping center on the n/s of Rand
Jerry Wojcicki October 10, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Well at least with Wicks occupied there is the potential for sales taxes to be collected. I didn't know we needed a 3rd gymin towm.
Michael October 10, 2011 at 07:18 PM
I know, lets put a pharmacy on that corner. That way we could have 10 within one square mile. A second thought, how about a bank. Then we could have 10 of those within one square mile. A grocery store, are you kidding! The land should be designated as a public park. Of course, that will never happen with this board.
Say it isn't so October 10, 2011 at 09:33 PM
no sales tax on Gym's (its a service) - Mariano is (trying to go) to Quentin and 22- Dont know what the answer is but is sure not a forest preserve ........
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way October 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM
If you were ever to go back in there you would see that it is mostly a haven for bums and teenagers who want to hang out and drink. Reconfiguring the intersection of Cuba & Rand (BUT NOT CLOSING CUBA GOING EASTBOUND!) and having it connect to OMG would go far toward making that property more marketable. Perhaps a Portillo's or Olive Garden!!
eicy October 11, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Perhaps an average priced family restaurant? How about an Olive Garden - the nearest one is Mt. Prospect or going the other direction, McHenry
Jay October 12, 2011 at 07:41 PM
I totally agree with you Jerry. I'm going to fight against this one for sure. Since I've been living in Lake Zurich I've known of so many other stores/apartments/bowling alley/restaurants that wanted to build on that corner and who would since it is nothing but wetlands. LZ should worry about making our downtown look more inviting than worrying about this. I've heard so many out of town people talk about how pathetic the downtown look, etc. Pretty darn sad when they call it ghetto!
Jerry Wojcicki October 12, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Jay - They are right...the downtown area is an eyesore. What ever happened to the millions of TIF dollars we are still paying on? I realize the state of the economy but is the village doing ANYTHING to get some new businesses into all those vacant buildings?
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way October 12, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Unfortunately the powers that be in the VOLZ government turned down a proposal by the Harley Davidson dealership in Palatine to take over the former K-mart property. They thought it might bring the wrong element to town. They built a brand new dealership in Palatine. Does the Village even have the slightest clue how much a Harley costs? Guess the Lover's Lane has a better clientele?
Phil Barcini October 17, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Curious Comment!! I wonder who was turning it down. It never came before the Village Board or Plan Commission. Which is worse? The supposed "Cycle Trash" or the Perverts? Heck, we had an ordinance against sexually oriented stores (targeted against Lovers' Lane) and it was ignored.
Phil Barcini October 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM
I think they're more interested in getting businesses out rather than bringing new ones in. Comet Welding is gone and Z&E Automotive has been notified to vacate. Neither may be a great economic loss but the vacancies certainly are no gain. Seems like more failed leadership to me. Send in the clowns. Where are the clowns? Don't bother, there here
Jen October 18, 2011 at 09:05 PM
You took the words right out of my mouth. That mammoth has been sitting there for so long, with plenty of parking space. They need to either fill that space, or tear it down for another business to build to their liking. I wouldn't mind having a Woodman's in town, but I live close to the parcel of land mentioned in this article, and it would be ridiculous to have a stop light there, not to mention the toll it would take on the already clogged rush hour traffic on Rand.
Say it isn't so October 18, 2011 at 09:53 PM
It does not go before the board..... You come in with your concept, staff brings it to a few board members and Mayor, then thumbs up or thumbs down.... Thumbs up it goes thru staff review where they nit-pik the poop out of it and if the petitioner is not exhausted or broke it lingers at the plan commission then board they baaaack to B&Z for permits then maybe three years later a teaspoon of dirt is moved. Buildings like K-Mart and the old Omega and intentionally left empty because the owners are so sick of the villages baloney that they "punish" everyone by leaving it empty.......

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