Editor's note: This article was revised after publication to correct the open date of Mariano's Fresh Market.
An opening date is set for the Mariano’s Fresh Market location under construction at the intersection of La Grange Road and Lincoln Highway — Frankfort Village Board members say that the store is scheduled to open its doors on March 5.
The board discussed the opening of the upscale grocery store during its Feb. 4 meeting.
“It really is going to be an exciting occasion for our community,” said Trustee Mike Stevens.
Market employees will begin stocking shelves in the coming weeks. The 74,000-square-foot project is estimated to bring upwards of 400 fulltime and part time jobs to Frankfort.
However, not everyone at Tuesday’s meeting was completely happy with the progress at Mariano’s.
During the call for public comments, Jim Morrey, who is president of the Hunt Club Condominium Association, said Hunt Club residents are worried about noise and light pollution caused by Mariano’s.
Morrey specified that the condo residents were not opposed to the project, but that they did have some specific concerns about the store.
The Hunt Club condos are northeast of Mariano’s, behind Walt’s Food Center. The rear of the new grocery store faces the condo development.
Village Administrator Jerry Ducay told Morrey that a wall had been designed to buffer noise in the area near the store’s loading docks. He said that the outdoor lights that Mariano’s is using were designed to restrict excessive brightness outside of the site of the store.
Morrey also inquired as to whether it would be possible for the village to plant trees in front of the wall of the store that faces the Hunt Club condos, in order to improve the visual appeal of the area.
“We would like to just see some trees or something put up to break up the view,” said Morrey, in an interview with Patch.
Ducay said it might be possible to put landscaping on the Hunt Club property to distract from the Mariano’s wall.
Frankfort Police Chief John Burica said during Monday’s meeting that the police department is switching from the FREE Network resident crime alert system to a new notification system called Nixle. Like the FREE Network, it will dispatch alerts through email, but it will also send information via text and have a webpage with community information.
During the mayor’s report, Mayor Jim Holland said that sales and income tax revenue have both risen for the village in 2012. October 2012 sales tax revenue was $404,387, exceeding budget projections by almost $75,000. Income tax payment for September 2012 was $147,845, a $3,000 increase over the amount received in September 2011.
The board also voted Monday to transfer $7,930 from the Capital Fund to the Motor Fuel Tax Fund for an invoice that was approved last year to cover the cost of improvements at Steger Road.
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