Development Projects

Recent, current and approved development projects within the Village of West Dundee.


Spring Hill Senior Residences

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Status: Substantially Complete

Located at 939 West Main Street, Spring Hill Senior Residences welcomed residents just in time for the 2019 holiday season. This four-story contemporary building contains 61 units of affordable, independent senior living. Landscaping and other site improvements are scheduled for installation in 2020 as weather permits.

Spring Hill Senior Residences was developed by St. Louis-based Gardner Capital, and it is managed by the Seldin Company. Interested parties may contact Seldin at (224) 230-9329 and view information about the community at www.seldin.com/springhill.

Downtown Plan Implementation

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Status: Stage 1 Complete, Stage 2 Under Construction, Stage 3 Contemplated

Downtown West Dundee is undergoing its most extensive renovation in decades.

In early 2017, the empty Ace Hardware building at 118 S First was removed and replaced by an expanded and improved public parking lot to support the downtown business community. The old Pump House/Fire Station at 98 Oregon were also removed at that time. Bricks from the Pump House were reclaimed and held, with the intent of building a new code-compliant structure designed to pay tribute to the original. Potential construction of this amenity will be considered for Stage 3 of the Downtown Improvements Project. Its usable space would support public events and activities.

The most dramatic change occurred on the southeast corner of First and Main (Rte 72). The complex of buildings fronting Main St just west of the Fox River were removed to establish a new public park area and riverfront improvements for public use. In addition, three new stone-facade dumpster enclosures were constructed to serve the downtown businesses. These improvements were completed in Stage 1.

Stage 2 of the Downtown Improvements Project began construction in spring of 2020, and includes additional riverfront improvements and additional parking spaces east of First Street. Final completion of this work will occur in summer of 2020.

Private investment has also changed the face of Downtown West Dundee in recent years, bringing many of the historic commercial properties up to today's code compliant standards. A public/private partnership facilitated the complete interior and exterior renovation of the former bowling alley at 101 S First, which is now home to Around the Corner Candy, Shine Salon & Dry Bar and Pucci-Pirtle Law.

The first property in recent years to see a major facelift, inside and out, was 102 W Main. This property was renovated to suit DreamCo Design back in 2012, and more recently sold to and inhabited by Trippots. Other significant private renovations have included: 109 and 111 W Main, now home to Grid 7 Properties and United Career Fairs and upper level residences; 101 W Main, now home to Bamboozels and Fusion Lounge; 96 W Main, now home to RocHaus; 124 W Main, now home to CRAFT Donuts + Coffee and 124 Lofts; 125-127 W Main, now home to Woodfire, with ongoing construction of upper level residence; 104-106 W Main, now home to Motl Accounting/Payroll Vault; and 205 W Main, now home to The Half Full Nest Vintage Market.

Interior renovations have also been completed in recent years at existing downtown businesses, including Emmett's Brewing Company (125 W Main), Spa Bleu (106 N 2nd), and The Village Squire (125 Washington), and to facilitate new businesses, including bleuroot (98 W Main) and Boxwood Home & Cabinetry Company (122 W Main).

Downtown West Dundee will continue to transform as these projects are completed, and potentially others initiated in the future.

Springs at Canterfield

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Status: Complete

Completed at the end of 2018, Springs at Canterfield is a 260-unit, gated luxury apartment community on approximately 23.5 acres at the northeast corner of IL Route 31 and Canterfield Parkway East, immediately north of River Valley Memorial Gardens and east of the 352-unit Villages at Canterfield apartment complex.

Each of the 13 residential buildings contains two stories and 20 apartments, with two (2) studio, eight (8) one-bedroom, eight (8) two-bedroom, and two (2) three-bedroom units, all with individual entrances. Amenities include a clubhouse with pool, fenced-in dog play areas, and walking paths. Springs' pastoral setting is just a quarter mile from Interstate 90.

Leasing information may be found at: www.springsapartments.com.

Westbrook at Canterfield

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Status: Approved

Approved by the Village in March of 2020, upon completion Westbrook at Canterfield wil lbe a 126-unit senior living facility on nine (9) acres at the southwest corner of Angle Tarn and IL Route 31. Westbrook will contain 36 units dedicated to memory care and 90 units assigned for assisted living, with the residential-in-character building set in amenity-laden, lushly-landscaped environs.

Westbrook would be developed by Des Moines, Iowa-based Nelson Construction & Development and operated by the highly-regarded Franciscan Ministries.

Westbrook at Canterfield will be immediately adjacent to the Fairhills at Canterfield, an established West Dundee neighborhood of 122 detached single-family homes, and down the street from the Villages at Canterfield and the Springs at Canterfield, luxury apartment complexes containing 352 and 260 living units, respectively.

Westbrook at Canterfield will offer convenient access from I-90 and be just a few minutes drive to West Dundee’s historic downtown and its collection of local restaurants, specialty shops, and charming walkway along the Fox River.

View a PDF of the perspective renderings for this proposed development below.

Click here to view an animated flyover or click below to view a PDF of the perspective renderings for the project.

Seasons at Randall Road

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Status: Under Construction

Seasons at Randall Road, by Milwaukee, WI-Fiduciary Real Estate Development, Inc., is a 300-unit luxury apartment complex on approximately 34.5 acres at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Recreation Drive, just north of the intersection of IL Route 72/Main Street and Randall Road and immediately south of the Randall Oaks Recreation Center, Zoo, and 18-hole Golf Course.

Seasons’ convenient location provides quick access to Interstate 90 and is just a few minutes drive east to Historic Downtown West Dundee and its restaurants, live entertainment, specialty retail, and walkway along the tranquil Fox River.

Each of Seasons’ 15 residential buildings contains two stories and 20 apartments each, a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units, with all residences having individual entrances. On-site amenities include a clubhouse with fitness center and outdoor pool, walking paths, and ample landscaping.

Initial delivery of apartments began in spring of 2020, with completion of the community’s first phase targeted for the holiday season of 2020. Leasing information may be found at the below link.


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Casey's General Store

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Status: Complete

Located at 700 South 8th Street (southwest corner of IL Route 31 and Willow Lane), Casey’s is a convenience store offering fuel, drinks, and food, including their well-known, freshly made-on-premises pizza, sandwiches, and baked goods.

Having opened in late fall of 2019, and representing the newest addition to the Route 31 commercial corridor, Casey’s was thoughtfully designed to achieve architectural compatibility with its surroundings and respond to its uniquely-shaped lot with three street frontages.


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Spring Hill Mall

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Status: Planned

History: Developed by the Homart Development Company and having opened in October of 1980, for decades Spring Hill Mall (SHM) has served - and continues to serve - West Dundee and surrounding communities. SHM is owned by Chicago-based Brookfield Retail Properties Group. With 122 enclosed malls, Brookfield has the second largest portfolio in the nation after Simon Properties Group.

Retail Revolution: Changing tastes, shifts in consumer behavior, and new technology have fueled a retail revolution over time. New convenience-based physical formats (medium- and big-box stores and lifestyle centers, among others) first became popular and then e-commerce emerged. Embraced by consumers and empowered by smart devices, online retailing has gained noteworthy market share with a trendline that continues upward.

Village-Rouse Partnership: Recognizing these rapidly-changing market conditions, in 2015 the Village partnered with then-owner of SHM Rouse Properties (subsequently purchased by Brookfield) to reinvest in the facility with a lifestyle format addition to the facility’s west side which was made possible by demolition of two former anchors (JC Penney and Joseph Spiess Co.). In addition to the lifestyle plan (available within the below PDF), the Village passed a tax increment financing (TIF) district (click here to view Ordinance 2016-20, Approving a Spring Hill Mall TIF Redevelopment Plan).

The centerpiece of this redevelopment plan was the addition of an eight-screen Cinemark movie theater, which opened in December of 2016. Outward-facing, flexible leasable space and development-ready pads (currently grassy placeholders) compromise the remainder of the proposed lifestyle addition. A remodeled and expanded Victoria Secret/PINK was also completed in 2016, followed by the 2017 additions of fashion-forward retailer H&M and new eateries, including local favorite sports pub, The Chubby Bullfrog.

Vision for the Future: With ongoing seismic shifts in retail, and given the importance of SHM and the surrounding area to the West Dundee economy and beyond, in 2018 the Village proactively developed a vision for the area’s future with experienced design partner, Atlanta-based The Sizemore Group. This high-level slide deck (available within the below PDF) conveys an aspirational vision for the future of the SHM area and how it could evolve over the next 15-20 years.

This illustrative vision is intended to be be both inspirational and aspirational but not necessarily prescriptive. The plan shows a “scaled-up downtown” model. While its just one of many potential scenarios, it was selected due to the lessons that can be learned from the enduring value that historic downtown West Dundee possesses just a mile to the east, where a compact, walkable Main Street lined with mixed-use buildings of traditional architecture and surrounded by residential neighborhoods with access to the Fox River has resulted in a unique sense of place and enduring value.

With this inspiration, at its core the plan to reimagine the mall area is based on the fundamentals of urbanism, which emphasizes human scale, a mix of uses, and pedestrian- and cycling-friendly access. To deliver such a built environment, conventional blocks are created by overlaying an internal street network onto the site. The block size approximates that of a traditional West Dundee neighborhood and importantly allows for incremental development over time based on market conditions.

The plan is centered on a new Main Street experience that would be visible from the Village’s actual Main Street (Route 72) fronted by mixed-use buildings that could accommodate a range of uses, including right-sized retail and dining, office, and residential, among potentially other uses. The Main Street experience is bolstered by a public commons akin to a traditional town square and anchored by an adjacent civic building (e.g., a public library).

To further this live-work-play approach, the plan also shows a new residential neighborhood with a mix of housing typologies serving different stages of life, and anticipates the potential for a multitude of other uses on the approximately 100-acre area, including but not limited to hospitality (hotel), institutional (educational, health care, etc.), and recreational (including an amenitized stormwater basin park).

Inquiries may be directed to Timothy Scott, AICP, CNU-A, Community Development Director, at (847) 551-3806 or tscott@wdundee.org.

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