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Schaumburg to consider master plan for entertainment district

Schaumburg officials may soon formalize the long-discussed idea of creating an entertainment district on the 28 acres along the east side of Meacham Road, between the I-90 tollway and Algonquin Road, once a proposed master plan is reviewed Tuesday.

According to the draft, the existing Schaumburg Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel would anchor a redevelopment aimed at attracting more restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues to that area, and possibly locating other commercial and residential uses on the upper floors of the new buildings.

Meeting as a committee of the whole at 7 p.m. Tuesday, village board members may recommend approval of the plan or request some tweaking of it. But if it is formally endorsed at a later meeting, the village staff would solicit proposals from developers to add detail to the vision, Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald said.

Among the proposal’s goals are to realign and build new roads in the district, potentially turn the “Embrace” area defined by the architectural feature in front of the Renaissance into a pedestrian hub, and establish design principles for future builders to follow.

This redevelopment would occur in tandem with UrbanStreet Group LLC’s transformation of the approximately 300-acre former Motorola Solutions campus on the west side of Meacham. The village recently hired a consultant to research ways for Meacham to be less of a barrier between the two areas, Fitzgerald said.

One big difference is the village already owns a significant amount of land on the east side where the single-story, 110,000-square-foot Woodfield Green Executive Centre still stands and the 3 acres where Ron Santo’s American Rotisserie once did, she said.

Among the things the proposed master plan does not commit to is whether a long-touted 2,800-seat performing arts center and a more

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