Lake Zurich trustees hear McDonalds, Mariano’s development proposal
Updated: December 9, 2012 6:06AM
LAKE ZURICH — Village trustees received a development proposal last month for a Mariano’s Fresh Market and a McDonalds restaurant to anchor a commercial complex near Quentin Road and Route 22
Steve Pagnotta, president of Chicago-based Bradford Real Estate, outlined the proposal Oct. 15 at Village Hall.
He said his firm’s goal is to close on the property by the end of the year, begin selective demolition and tree clearing this winter and prepare for construction to begin next the fall.
The retail complex, Pagnotta said, could open for business in January 2014.
Village trustee Tom Poynton added that the development plan features a more upscale McDonalds model.
“We’ve talked on and off about a McDonalds on that property for years,” said Poynton, explaining that the design of the building is what makes the McDonalds upscale, specifically the absence of the famous golden arches.
The McDonalds proposal would include a 3,800-square-foot restaurant with two drive thru lanes.
Village trustee Rich Sustich said the McDonalds would be built with upgraded materials for its exterior in an effort to match it as closely as possible with the Mariano’s Fresh Market, which is planned adjacent to the McDonalds.
“This is a good thing for a corner that has been underutilized,” said Sustich, explaining that McDonalds is constantly upgrading its restaurants as they develop new locations.
“Every time they build one, it’s constantly evolving,” he said.
Sustich reported that trustees have not received much negative feedback from the community regarding the proposed development.
He said the Cedar Hill Nursery, which currently occupies property at the intersection of Route 22 and Quentin Road, is determining whether it might relocate during the neighboring construction.
“They’re either relocating to another property or downsizing what’s there,” he said.