Friday, September 21, 2012
Parking Problem Discounted, TIF District Advanced In Huntley
LITH businesswoman Darla Jones sought approval to open a store called Vintage Resale in the empty half of the Post Office building at Woodstock and Coral streets but Trustee Pam Fender agreed with staff analysis that a retailer there might create a parking snarl. "If you had an accountant or something without a lot of traffic it wouldn't be a problem," she said.
Mayor Chuck Sass thought that wasn't the Village's concern. "It's free enterprise and all that," he said.
Jones said she didn't think there'd be a crush of customers for second-hand home furnishings. "I don't see that many at once," she said.
Trustee Harry Leopold verdict was, "If the lady wants to give it a go, 'More power to ya'." Trustee Ron Hahn was, likewise, untroubled and the Board passed the store along for final approval next week.
In a way, the used furniture store and parking conflict led in to discussion of setting up a Tax Incremental Financing District to channel money from increased property values into Downtown redevelopment.
Sun City resident Mack Titus told the Board during Public Comment that his research indicated TIF districts shift taxes to residential property owners. But Leopold replied later that, "We have a decrepit and in much need of repair central Downtown. For people opposed to the TIF I would ask that they suggest a different way to promote development."
The Board gave first approval to measures to establishing the TIF district, setting up a registry of anyone who cares to receive information about it and, once the District's established, charging it for the cost of seeing if it was feasible in the first place.
The TIF District would still have to be approved by a Joint Review Board including representatives from other taxing bodies besides Huntley and have a public hearing, probably in December.
In the pic: A home resale store is proposed as the newest business in Huntley's Downtown area.