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Planners Complete Study on Algonquin's Downtown

The study found the downtown needs more "destination businesses," according to the Northwest Herald.

Drawing in destination businesses, putting in bike lanes and creating a marketing task force were among some of the suggestions planners hired to study Algonquin's downtown have for the village, according to the Northwest Herald. 

Planners recently completed the Downtown Algonquin Planning Study, which is expected to be reviewed by the Algonquin Village Board next Tuesday, according to the NW Herald.

The study suggested some of the destination businesses the village should look into attracting include a microbrewery or a children's dance school and planners also encouraged the village to look into the possibility of a "recreational paddling and white water park," according to the article. 

The downtown planning study has been underway for months as the village of Algonquin looks for ways to recreate its downtown area with the hopes of drawing in new businesses and creating a pedestrian friendly area. 

The village hopes once the Western Bypass is complete more traffic will be diverted away from the congested intersection at Route 31 and Route 62, giving way for opportunities to enhance the downtown area and attract people to downtown businesses. 

Debbie Morano-Mahler February 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Get rid of the condo eyesore and put in a municipal parking lot. Develop the river front along with downtown but give the folks somewhere to park.

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