Michels presents ‘new frontier’ with village address

By on May 16, 2014

Photo: Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels addressed attendees at “The New Frontier,” Sugar Grove State of the Village Address May 7 at Waubonsee Community College. Photo by Patti Wilk

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels on May 7 gave his State of the Village Address, “The New Frontier,” at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

According to Michels, the village of Sugar Grove recently annexed 900 acres of land north and south of I-88 with Crown Development. The land will be utilized for distribution, retail and as a highway corridor (on and off the highway).

“They will start planning for water, sewer and zoning,” Michels said. “Not many communities are annexing that amount of land.”

Michels also spoke about the new 60-unit senior living development that will be located off of Galena Boulevard and west of Division Drive. The living development will be available for seniors who are 55 years of age and older. The location will be in walking distance to Rush Copley Urgent Care, Walgreens and Cadence Health Office, which will be convenient for residents. PIRHL is the leading developer for the project.

Rent in the senior living development will be determined by an individual’s income and then priced accordingly.

The Cadence Health Office opened in February of this year and held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 1. The office, located at 414 Division Drive, provides both primary care and physical therapy. The office is experiencing growth in the amount of staff members it has on its team in order to accommodate residents and community members alike.

“Their office started with one part-time physical therapist, and now they have two full-time and one part-time physical therapist,” Michels said.

Michels noted that because Cadence and Northwestern are in talks of a merger, there might be an opportunity for the office to expand in the future.

In addition to the Cadence Health Office, CrossFit and Great Clips also opened up in Sugar Grove in 2014. CrossFit has experienced great success, according to Michels. The business started in a 2,000-square-foot facility, and recently moved into a 4,000-square-foot facility to accommodate its customers.

“CrossFit has a Facebook page where they post “WOD”—workouts of the day,” Michels said. “They provide an alternative to working out. They also have morning and night sessions.”

Two other notable projects for the year are centered on the new Ace Hardware that will be located on the south side of Jewel in Sugar Grove, and the new Dunkin’ Donuts that will be located north of Phillip’s 66, near Castle Bank in Sugar Grove.

The Ace Hardware, expected to open this summer, will feature a 12,000-square-foot area for the hardware store and a 4,000-square-foot space intended for pets and featuring premium pet food and supplies. Dunkin’ Donuts will also be a very welcomed addition to the community, Michels said.

“This Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t your typical Dunkin’ Donuts,” he said. “There’s only one other Dunkin Donuts with a similar floor plan, (and) that is located in Glenview (Ill.). There will be soft seating where people can enjoy bringing in their laptops to work. It’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing the architectural plan on that. They want to open before December.”

American Heartland Bank is also on the agenda for this year. The new bank will be located at Route 47 and Wheeler Road.

Michels during his village address mentioned that construction for the new roundabout at Dugan and Granart roads in Sugar Grove will begin this fall, and will hopefully be completed in the fall, as well.

As an ending note, Michels said that Sugar Grove is honored that Rich Harvest Farms, located on Dugan Road, will serve as host to the International Crown LPGA tournament in 2016. The tourney will feature teams from eight countries competing for the crown that will signify the world’s best golf nation. Each of the eight countries will be represented by four players.

Rich Harvest Farms and Sugar Grove previously hosted the LPGA’s Solheim Cup in 2009.