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Oswego positioned for new business, residential development boom

The village of Oswego appears poised on the cusp of a new development boom.

In a series of plan approvals last week, license issuances, and annexation agreements, the village board welcomed three new businesses and a senior living community into the Village:

Oswego Village Senior Living Community

Senior residents of Oswego will soon have new housing options responsive to their needs right in the heart of the village, with a new development from ERDMAN. The board approved plans for the development of Oswego Village Senior Living Community that will provide three levels of housing and care for seniors, including 47 independent living townhomes and patio homes; 66 studio, one- and two-bedroom assisted living units, and a memory care facility with 32 beds. The community will be located at Route 31 and Washington Street, adjacent to village hall at 100 Parkers Mill. Construction is expected to begin this spring.

Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room

The specialty pottery shop, restaurant, and event space, located off Grove Road in unincorporated Oswego Township, was officially annexed into the village in a series of board votes. The destination for weddings and Mother’s Day brunches will now be a part of the village and have access to village services. The facility was also granted a liquor license, allowing Emerson Creek to serve alcohol at the restaurant and at weddings and events, which were previously BYOB. The village is expected to receive more than $30,000 annually in tax revenue as a part of the agreement.

Fox Ridge Stone

Similarly, Fox Ridge Stone, located at Route 71 and Minkler Road, was fully annexed into the Village of Oswego’s limits. The 438-acre site could eventually be the site of more residential development in the village and a business park on a portion of land that is currently being used as a stone quarry.

Barra DeMarco

The board approved a liquor license for Barra DeMarco, a new restaurant opening in the site of the former Tuscan Tavern, 4571 Route 71. The restaurant is inspired by the family’s Sunday dinner tradition and will specialize in Old World Italian classics including rustic and thin-crust pizza and made-from-scratch Italian entrees. Sneak previews are on Facebook, @barrademarcooswego.

The new business approvals comes on the heels of 113 Main, a new restaurant now open on the ground floor of the new three-story building at 113 Main Street constructed by Yorkville-based Imperial Investments. The restaurant features eclectic American cuisine from Chef Terry Kaminski, craft cocktails and a modern rustic feel, and has recently been featured on ABC7 News and Fox Business News.

Raising Cane’s, a chicken finger chain with a cult following, has also opened in recent weeks on Route 34.

“They’re open and the lines are long,” Village President Troy Parlier said.

A familiar feeling of growth

For long-time residents of Oswego, this explosive pace of growth feels more than familiar, a return to the breakneck development of the early 2000s, prior to the 2008 recession.

Village President Troy Parlier noted that recently released census date showed Kendall County ranking as the fastest-growing county in Illinois.

“This is no surprise to me,” Parlier said. “No shocker, we have a special place here. We grow, and it’s because we’re special. There’s a lot of good things happening here.”

For more information on the village, visit www.oswegoil.org. Residents, visitors, and business owners are also encouraged to sign up for email or text alerts from the Village at www.oswegoil.org/alerts for more news and announcements.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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