Demolition of downtown Fox River Grove block nears completion

Village has several developers interested in the vacant land, officials say

A crew does demolition work on a row of buildings in downtown Fox River Grove on May 21, 2024. The village hopes to redevelop the block.

As a block of buildings in downtown Fox River Grove are demolished into a grassy lot, village officials are in talks with multiple developers to create a new downtown.

Village officials have been aiming to revitalize the downtown parcels, called Block B and located between Illinois Street and Lincoln Avenue along Northwest Highway, for several years. In order to facilitate the development, the village spent $3.5 million to acquire nine parcels from five owners over three years. The village also created a tax increment financing, or TIF, district to help pay for redevelopment.

A previous developer proposed construction of a five-story mixed-use building with 8,600 square feet of commercial space with 150 apartment units. The village’s goal is to have a mixed-use development of apartments with retail, but the market will ultimately determine what will replace the block, Village Administrator Derek Soderholm said. The village is currently in talks with “several developers,” but no agreements have been made, yet, he said.

The village completed asbestos abatement in April and started demolition earlier this month. The Village Board unanimously approved Omega III LLC bid to complete the demolition for $350,000 in March.

“The demolition of the buildings on Block B signifies a significant step forward in Fox River Grove’s downtown revitalization efforts,” Village President Marc McLaughlin said in the release. “We hope that removal of this blight will help set the stage for the future developer of this premier location in the downtown.”

All structures have been demolished and foundations and debris is still being cleared. Weather permitting, the demolition should be completed by June 15, Soderholm said.

The board previously discussed marketing incentive packages for future developers in order to jumpstart construction on the block. Board members are open to cutting village fees like building permit costs and park fees.

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