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Romeoville Inks Deal with Developer to Create New Downtown District

Plans call for a community center, new grocery store and three outlots on Route 53 property the village already owns.

This is a press release issued by the :

The redevelopment of downtown Romeoville is moving forward, according to Village Officials. The Village Board entered in to an exclusive Developer’s Agreement With Harbour Contractors, Inc. to redevelop the site.

“We are honored to be selected as the master developer and construction manager of this exciting project. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Village of Romeoville,” said Patrick C. Harbour, President of Harbour Contractors, Inc.

The agreement will be for 120 days which will allow staff to meet with consultants and finalize further documentation. Currently, the concept plan created by Hitchcock Design Group, consists of a Community Center, a 20,000 sq. ft. Grocery Store with three (3) outlots of approximately 5,000 sq. ft. each. Rick DiPego and Frank Guagliardo, owners of Fat Ricky’s The Original Old World Pizza, are already in discussions with the Village on the new grocery store.

The property was purchased by the Village in 2008 and  borders Route 53 on the east; Townhall Drive on the west, Phelps Ave on the north; Alexander Ave on the South.  Since purchasing the property, the Village has created a new zoning district with design standards, created and implemented beautification programs, traffic studies and the stormwater detention has been designed.  

“The recent development plans are very encouraging, we look forward to the revitalization of this area,” said Mayor John Noak.  “This plan is already gaining attention by potential users.  In addition, the Community Center will provide additional recreational opportunities as well as provide much needed community meeting space” Noak added.

Harbour Contractors is a 53 year old family owned and operated company Headquartered in Plainfield, IL. Harbour has worked with many municipalities, heavy industrial clients, petro chemical companies, retail, commercial & office and education to mention a few.

Rville Resident July 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Yes the area sucks right now, but....hopefully this development helps change that. We need some optimism that the powers that be get it right. It is in the town's best interest to select the types of businesses wisely. Yes it will be hard to attract them especially in this economy, but the community center will help boost foot traffic in the area which will provide revenue for the prospective companies. As the one picture shows...kids (including hoodlums up to no good) will congregate outside of the community center. Put family friendly, attractive businesses around there to attract upstanding clientele otherwise the area will turn into an even bigger pile of sh*t than it is now :-)
stephanie July 20, 2012 at 02:23 AM
A Trader Joes or Whole Foods would attract business. Even a Cost Co. Tons of local families are traveling to Naperville and Orland for affordable organic food right now.
carol July 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Last I checked with neighbors on 'our side of town' they don't go for organic foods. No Costco (too small of an area anyway) Trader Joe's is too expensive, as well as Whole Foods. We just need a small grocery store. A nice family owned grocery store. Above comments are right, no big chains will run to come here only because they have Weber Road. The first comment almost said what a lot of my neighbors have been thinking all these years. Business just don't last in the 'old' section. Not when Weber Road exploding. That is of no fault to ANYONE. Romeoville has grown so much in the last 16 years I've lived here and I'm quite proud of it! Big business moving in (Walmart, Target, Kohls just to name a few) have helped our town a lot. You can't deny that. But the 'old' section needs that old town feel, not new big business overload. I've already had input in saying they needed somewhere for the community to go besides the rec. For kids in the 'old' section they can't walk to the rec. A community center would be nice. Not to mention another place for people to rent out for parties. I also said that the whole town of Romeoville BADLY needs a local print shop. Not for cards but for our schools! I really hate having to customize my schedule just to get to where they sell our school stuff (gym uniforms and such) all the way in Bolingbrook right across from the high school! Bet you would see a lot more people supporting RHS if they could buy it closer!
Jeffrey July 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
People are always ragging on the Weber Rd. area of Romeoville and how nothing was done on the east side of town. Sure, I don't like it anymore than the next guy but can you blame businesses? There is no room for a "big box" retailer to come into a strip mall on the Joliet Rd. corridor. Many people are shopping miles away because Weber Rd.'s stores still don't have what Bolingbrook and Naperville offer. A small grocer or even a Pete's Fresh Market like what they did in numerous areas in Chicago and Lombard/Oakbrook Terrace would be a great addition to the community. And it's not that expensive - go inside one, you'd be shocked in a good way! Remember, Romeoville is growing. If you look back years ago, the places everyone raves about now went through the same growing pains. Hinsdale, Naperville, Burr Ridge, etc....weren't anything 15-20 years ago. Some still don't have amenities that most take for granted. Heck, Burr Ridge doesn't even have its own Library much less a downtown "area" of any kind.
Jello July 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
The pictures leave a lot to be desired. I don't like it, at all. It's kind of ugly. It looks nothing like a "downtown" that I'd want to live near. It looks like every other cookie cutter strip mall. barf. And please, no over priced grocery stores. Oh wait...never mind.
Robin Fischbeck July 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Well, back in 94 or 95 Jewel wanted to move to Weber because the owner of the plaza they were in woudn't let them re-do, re-vamp the outside much less the inside of the store. So, when they had the chance they jumped and left the 53 location.
Jason July 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Amen...the weekly trips to TJ's in Naperville kind of stink...
Jason July 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Trader Joes is too expensive...have you been there? Compared to Jewel its really not more expensive and you aren't getting all GMO foods...
Robin Fischbeck July 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
NO offense, I live on "that" side of town and yes, Organic and farmers markets are the way to go. There is a big taste difference in a lot of food. So, yes I would love to see a farmers market or a Whole Foods, I would love to shop at whole foods a lot more then I do but it's the drive out there that I just gets to me.
Jason July 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Best thing to do is grow your own garden...that way you know whats in it and you can control it. Plus the taste is way way waaaay better. Of course it is impossible to do so year round but do it when you can it is worth it. Of course that will take some hard work and knowledge. As far as this "that" side of town talk, it is embarrassing to see that on here. It is something I would expect from people in Naperville not Romeoville.
carol July 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Organic...not so much. But I do highly agree with a farmer's market or at least be able to host local farmers on weekends. As for prices cheaper than Jewel. I haven't shopped there in year because they are too high always. I'm not against a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods but just not sure it will fit in. @ Jason- As far as I mentioned 'that side' or 'our side' I've been in Romeoville 16 years and folks that moved near Weber didn't even know an 'old' Romeoville exsisted. Just making a light poke at 'my' side of the ville. :) @Jeffery- You cannot be more right!! People forget that just 10 years ago Plainfield at Rte 59 and 111th was farmland! Anything South on 59 was barely there. We'll grow, it will take time. @Roseann- I actually like the design. It should look modern to go along with the library's new look. Not sure what design you would go for but you have to admit...anything would look better than what is already there. @R.F. Yep, remember it well. In fact, landlords I head were not so nice to Ace either. Change is hard to get used to and you just can't satisfy everyone. But I think this is a great step for 'old'Romeoville!
BenFranklinWouldBeDisgusted July 20, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Finally... Something on the east side again. We have lost most commerce and gained nothing but WAREHOUSES. I hope this promotes the original east side of town development, or should I say re-development.
SAHMIL July 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I would go for either a Berkots' (like the one in Lockport-- really nice, and they sell organic and local foods) or a Trader Joe's. Mr. Noak, I hope you are reading this.
SAHMIL July 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
It would also be nice to see something that has kind of a "Promenade" feel to it to. :)
Jello July 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Spot on @SAHMIL That's what I'm talking about!
SAHMIL July 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Which the Berkots or the Promeande of Romeoville?
I'M JUST SAYING July 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I've Lived on this side of town for 38 years kinda like it I don't know where you live and Don't Care But we do need the shopping center. Also Sterks,Jewel, Moved out because of the owners Not wanting to replace or repair anything SOOOOOOOOOOOOO This side of Town Will and I mean Will make it You wait and see.... :)
I'M JUST SAYING July 20, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I agree with your comment There are still people in this Village that like to SAVE CASH and at these Days People are lucky to have Jobs. Maybe the community center will be good for the children of the Village. We also need a nice Family Restaurant I know we have a few But remember we are Route 66 corridor :) Surprises are coming in the furture... :)
I'M JUST SAYING July 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I agree they said sooooo many years ago that they wanted it set up like Naperville But they removed all older buildings,to replace with new SOOO how can we compare to Naperville? Lockport area is Pretty Cool because those and I mean Those Buildings are Orginal from the 1890s Naperville section also has older buildings that they just renovated nice 1900's.
I'M JUST SAYING July 20, 2012 at 09:28 PM
When we moved out here in 72 there was a Smorgasbord,Jewel,Laundry,Pick a Flick.and other stores. Now Subway, Laundry,Tobacco Place. Now the village owns it so lets see what and who will move to our side of town.
I'M JUST SAYING July 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
We need not to forget the old part of the Vill people had many go times on this side. I remember weber before all was built I broke down on weber when it was only 2 lanes and all that was there were FARMS, FARMS and OPEN FIELDS.
I'M JUST SAYING July 20, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I think The Promenande of Romeoville is to Much we only need Small Grocery store,Nice Bakery Dunkin donuts is ok for the People on the go . How about a Mcdonalds where the old danny boys Use to be or the old clark gas station?
Robin Fischbeck July 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I have never heard of Pete's Fresh Market, I'll have to look them up, thanks for the tip on that.
Kay July 21, 2012 at 04:20 AM
We really do need a Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Market. I know of Pete's Fresh Fruit Market. That would be a welcomed business and would do well. Since Route 53 is a well traveled route.....build it and they will come.
Barb A. July 21, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I like the idea of a Berkots, Whole Foods, Aldi's or anything where we can get food and not have to travel busy Weber Road. It would also be great to have a Potbelllys, Fudruckers, Panarera Bread, or something like that within walking distance. We already have a wonderful rec center, library. Well anything would be nice for family's on this side of town whereas we can walk there. Think about it Mayor and Board make all of us happy and create some new jobs.
SAHMIL July 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Barb, you are speaking my language. I live on the west side of town, but I need some nice stuff to hit on the way home from work. And I'd rather shop locally. Here are some things I would like to see: 1. A kids resale shop that sells high quality clothes cheap -- NOT Once Upon a Child --- and some locally owned kids clothing stores or women's clothes stores. 2. A Bed Bath and Beyond or some kind of boutique store. 3. Trader Joes or Berkots. 4. Better day care facilities. I work part-time now and can tell you that if we had a La Petite, it would be tons better! Our child care choices out this way are so limited, and the ones around here are soooo lacking. 5. I don't think we need a community center per se, the rec center is great, but to see the rec center expanded would be ideal. I would love to see it more Challenge Fitness. It would be great to see some indoor tennis courts added on, and most importantly, an indoor pool. I live in Romeoville, but feed into Plainfield Park District. I hate that Plainfield's doesn't offer indoor swim lessons. I am not about to drive to the Y, Bolingbrook, or to Lifetime Fitness, nor pay their expensive fees. I choose to do Lockport b/c their non resident rate which I pay is rather reasonable. 6. I think a Panera bread would be awesome to have!!! We need healthier choices in the community. 7. I would also like to see some nicer restaurants that aren't chain related, and something where you can eat outside.
SAHMIL July 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM
8. Let me also add a locally owned Butcher shop where I can get good quality meat, and order things such as Hoka turkeys, grass-fed beef, free range chicken, etc. I would love to be able to buy food that is not made with extra antibiotics after watching Oprah when she had that guy from Food Nation come on. 9. A cute movie theatre like the Tivoli. It doesn't have to have first run movies. I'd be fine with a second run movie theatre that sells $1 tickets. Personally I love it here, and I love the small town feel to it that we as residents carry. I would not want to see the yuppies take over, but I do know that if the yuppies pass through, it's a good thing. Naperville is a pain to drive to and a pain to park in and it would be great if we coud have If you want to see some things that cross my mind on how we could improve things over on Normantown and Romeo Roads, just take a look at what they have done to the area over where Berkots is and where the Ben Franklin pharmacy is. It is nice! They have redone things. I think things they have done in Bolingbrook too have made their Route 53 corridor look better.
Jello July 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Promenade. Something with some style, some class.
K L July 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I don't have the economic numbers in front of me, but based on the fact that that side of town hasn't had a retail chain out there in a while it must mean that (aside from any conflicts with the village) they weren't getting enough business to survive. In which case, I would recommend that the Village push HARD for a Whole Foods. Weber already has Jewel, Dominick's, Walmart, Target, and eventually it'll have another Meijer. But I think there would be a much bigger draw to the other side of town if they landed a Whole Foods there. That way, you would not only serve the needs of the East side, but you'd probably also get a lot of business from the West side. I live on the West side and the closest Whole Foods to us is on 75th street in Naperville. You put a Whole Foods on 53 and it would, at the very least, peak my curiosity. Also, keep in mind the new train station that is being planned and the neighborhoods that will surround it. Those new households will most likely be served by this new supermarket as well.
Jello July 24, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I was under the (mis)impression that this would be a downtown, not a modernized glorified replacement strip mall that will one day resemble the one that's going be torn down. (no offense to the good hard working people at Harbour) Come on, can't Romeoville do better? Can we just have something with the slightest style, personality, moxy? This is the "HISTORIC Route 66 Corridor" and it should reflect that. It doesn't have to "match" the library, RC Hill or anything else that's not in the immediate vicinity. Couldn't the facades have more distinct, individuality to them? Are you trying to attract business or have them drive right by? or does the blandness keep it real and show Romeoville's true style? Zero personality. - just a little bit of heritage / reflect some kind of history, too much to ask? - Whatever. Welcome to Romeokentucky. Think I'll just keep on driving, because I see another strip mall just down the road, with the same ol' same ol' and they're starting to all look the same. :(

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