The Village has taken a very active and aggressive role in revitalizing the downtown. Both the current and previous five-year strategic plans identified turning the downtown into a destination location for the community for residents and visitors alike. Beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through October, a weekly Farmers Market is sponsored by the Village in the downtown. During the summer, outdoor Concerts on the Square are held, attracting hundreds of residents at each concert. In December, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony is held at the Square. Other special events coordinated by the Village or businesses downtown are held at various times throughout the year.
Downtown Revitalization Overview
In late 2010, the Village Board adopted the Downtown Revitalization Plan to guide efforts to redevelop the core downtown and adjacent areas along Illinois Route 47. One of the recommendations included in the plan was the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing District to facilitate the redevelopment of these areas.
In April 2014, the Village Board approved a Downtown Streetscape Plan that identified various improvements to be completed within the TIF, including streetscaping and infrastructure improvements such as landscaping, benches, planters, lighting, underground utility relocations, dry utility relocations, water and sewer improvements, sidewalks, streets, parking improvements, and other improvements to Village-owned property and building structures. In 2015, the Village invested additional funds to complete the renovation of the Town Square. Work included making the Square a more open and inviting public gathering space and also creating a place for a Veterans Memorial to honor those who have served our country. These improvements were completed at a cost of $5 million.
The Village Board approved a redevelopment agreement for the first new construction project within the TIF in April, 2014. The project involved demolition of a Village-owned structure and construction of a new 5,600 square foot multi-tenant retail center located on Main Street that was completed in Spring, 2015. Building tenants include Morkes Chocolates, a very popular gathering space. In 2017, the Board approved a redevelopment agreement for the BBQ King, a new 10,771 square foot restaurant/retail building on Coral Street. Construction of the $2 million project began in early October, with an anticipated Spring 2018 completion date. Both Morkes and the BBQ King offer outdoor seating areas to enhance activity around the businesses.
Catty Building Available in Downtown Huntley
The Village is accepting offers from qualified developers to rehabilitate/redevelop the former Catty Corporation building located at 11117 S. Church Street in Downtown Huntley. The Village envisions a redevelopment project that will be sensitive to the historic and architectural importance of the downtown as well as complementing and expanding upon the area’s continuing redevelopment. The project should reinforce the Downtown as the community’s gathering place – the cultural, commercial, and civic “heart” of the Village. For complete information on this property, visit the Catty parcel web page.
The Facade Improvement Assistance Program offers financial assistance, up to the lesser of $20,000 or 50% of commercial building facade renovations costs incurred over a five year period (with not more than $10,000 in assistance provided in any one year).