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Centegra weighing future of vacant lot

Park district interested in lot; hospital official says there’s no immediate plan to sell

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 11:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:20 a.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – Centegra Health System may start construction on the $200 million Huntley hospital in March, but the activity doesn’t mean a nearby vacant lot will fall to the Huntley Park District anytime soon.

Centegra Chief Executive Mike Eesley told Village Board members Thursday that Centegra doesn’t have immediate plans to sell the 40-acre lot at Haligus and Reed roads, just north of the ambulatory care mall.

Park District officials are interested in acquiring that lot and turning it into athletic fields. Officials have not yet developed a formal proposal for the site.

“Right now, it is going to be a vacant property,” Eesley said. “We’ve had some interest by the Park District. ... We’ve had some people talk to us about other uses, but at this time, there’s no clear proposals.”

Board members inquired about the lot before unanimously approving Centegra’s design plan to build a five-story, 128-bed hospital further south at Haligus and Algonquin roads. Construction could start by March.

Park District officials already have spent the year planning an $18.75 million construction bond referendum that primarily would go toward a new indoor turf facility.

Roughly $2 million from that referendum would be set aside for future land acquisition, if voters approve the measure during the March primary.

Board members also added a new wrinkle to the redevelopment of the area just north of the proposed hospital.

Centegra has to build a new pedestrian, bike path that would front Reed Road, under the final design plan members approved.

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