Economic Development

Constant change is the reality in every dynamic community. Mount Prospect is no exception. Randhurst Village, for instance, is moving forward without Carson Pirie Scott & Co., which closed its doors in late August.

The structure they occupied, which is owned by DLC Management, will likely be re-faced to match the rest of Randhurst Village and then will be converted to accommodate between five and seven retail or entertainment users, said Bill Cooney, community development director.

Elsewhere at Randhurst, activity continue to percolate. DSW shoes will open between Michael’s and Bed Bath and Beyond in early 2019. Mod Pizza opened this fall in the space next to Naf Naf Grill and McAlister’s Deli will occupy space near the new Tide Dry Cleaners. The Kiddie Academy on the east side of the Randhurst property opened in late summer.

Along Kensington Road, The Red Barn Restaurant and Brewery has opened in the distinctive old structure which once housed “Bogie’s” and Greek Feast restaurant has opened in the former Photo’s Hot Dogs space.

Across from the Brunswick Zone bowling alley along Rand Road, the “Mount Prospect Pointe” development is also progressing. Three of the four available pads are reserved, Cooney said. It will feature the Texas Roadhouse restaurant, Buona Beef and The Tile Shoppe. The fourth pad remains available.

Things are cooking, as well, in downtown Mount Prospect. The empty property on the northwest corner of Central Road and Route 83 has a new owner that plans to build a three- or four-story apartment building, Cooney said. “We found that there is not much demand for retail on that corner.”

On West Busse Avenue, near Brick City Tavern and a new Chinese restaurant, 73 luxury apartments at “20West” and a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant are currently under construction. Park Terrace, a 12-unit rowhome project is also under construction just north of the post office on Elmhurst Avenue.

The police and fire departments are expected to vacate their combined downtown headquarters some time in 2020. New plans for that prime property are being discussed.

South of the tracks, the former Parenti-Rafaelli parcel and portions of the adjoining municipal parking lot are being reconfigured. The six acres will feature luxury apartments, row homes, some retail and reconfigured commuter parking, Cooney said.

On the south end of the village, a stand-alone Starbucks is planned for the Golf Plaza II shopping center, next to Boston Market. In addition, a 130,000-square-foot distribution center will open behind Mr. Beef and Pizza next spring and St. John Lutheran Church on Linneman Road is proceeding with plans to sell four acres of their property to allow the construction of an assisted living and memory care facility.