Long known as a tree-lined, family-friendly community, the Village of Bartlett recognized in the late 90s that manufacturing, distribution facilities and office headquarters would help solidify the local economy. Growing the Village’s tax base, providing good paying jobs, and building the daytime population were long-term goals. Coincidentally, Bartlett was home to Elmhurst Chicago Stone Company's sand and gravel quarry, which had been depleted of its minerals by that time.
In 1999, Village of Bartlett officials took the proactive measure of negotiating and entering into a redevelopment agreement with Elmhurst Chicago Stone to turn the quarry into one of the premier Chicago area business parks. The Village created its second Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and worked in with both the DuPage County and Cook County Highway Departments to construct a north-south arterial through the development.
The TIF financing mechanism is being used to reimburse the landowner’s developer notes for site reclamation and infrastructure for the 600-plus acre business park according to a phased plan. Thirty million dollars is being invested over the life of the TIF for land reclamation, installation of off-site infrastructure and road improvements, installation of site amenities including street lighting, parkway trees, perimeter landscaped areas to buffer surrounding residential uses, landscaped entrances, and the creation of wetlands.
In addition to the TIF funds reimbursing the developer for site preparation, Bartlett adopted an I-2 Economic Development Area zoning with specific parameters for Brewster Creek. This process gives developers clear-cut guidelines for site development and speeds up the approval process compared to other zoning districts in Bartlett. The zoning allows for office, research and industrial uses. Limited service-oriented businesses are also now moving into the business park, including Bartlett Animal Hospital, Bark Avenue Daycamp, and the Hitting Zone, a baseball training facility. Dozens of small businesses operate out of industrial/office condominium projects developed by Elgin-based Triumph Development, the most active developer in Brewster Creek.
The overall development plan encompasses 670 total acres with 468 acres available for development, 67 acres for wetlands and open space, 78 acres of roads, and 56 acres in lakes. With industrial sites of various sizes, rail accessibility, DuPage County taxes and excellent proximity to major commercial thoroughfares, the Brewster Creek Business Park is becoming a major draw for relocating and expanding companies of all types and sizes.
The business park is serviced by municipal water and sanitary sewer, gas is provided by NICOR and electrical service is provided by Commonwealth Edison. O’Hare International Airport is only 21 miles from the park and DuPage Airport is six miles away. Highway access includes: Elgin-O’Hare Expressway two miles to the east, I-355 is 10 miles to the east, I-90 is six miles to the north and I-88 is 10 miles to the south. The new Stearns Road bridge spanning the Fox River in Kane County is a few miles west of the park.
To date, interest has been strong from firms in the O’Hare market and the northwest and west suburban markets. Companies have been relocating from inner-ring suburban locations and other older business parks due to the inability to expand at their current site and/or to take advantage of property tax rates in DuPage County. Many notable companies have set up headquarters, ancillary locations or distribution facilities in Brewster Creek. Greco & Sons (food distributors), Five Star Safety Equipment, Promark International, Midwest Molding, U.S. Wittenstein/Alpha Gear Drives, Herrmann Ultrasonics, and many others have opened there.
In early 2013, record storage business RhinoDox constructed a new 66,617 square foot facility featuring a modern architectural entrance with prairie-style landscaping. They were soon joined by S&D Products, the Auto Truck Group, Get Fresh Produce and Mid-America Water Treatment, strong companies that selected Brewster Creek as the location for their new facilities.
In economic development terms, Brewster Creek is well on its way to accomplishing the Village’s goals. Where a depleted gravel pit once stood, more than 70 businesses now provide jobs for 1,400-plus employees working in positions ranging from light manufacturing to high-tech research. A TIF district with an assessed valuation of $2.1 million in 2000 is now assessed at $47 million (2010) and will continue to expand in the foreseeable future. By the time Brewster Creek is built out, it will be well known as one of the most attractive and successful business parks in the Chicago area.
For more information on Brewster Creek Business Park and the Village of Bartlett, contact Tony Fradin, Economic Development Coordinator, 630-540-5940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brewster Creek Business Park Fact Sheet
|Location||35 miles west of downtown Chicago at the intersection of Stearns Road and Munger Road. O’Hare International Airport is 21 miles east and DuPage Airport is six miles south.|
|Access||Three miles east to the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway
Six miles north to the Northwest Tollway (I-90)
Route 59 is ½ mile to the east
|Sites||Fully improved sites of various sizes are now available for purchase, build-to-suit or lease.|
|Density||0.5 Floor Area Ratio.|
Municipal water system provided by seven wells and treated Fox River water. Sanitary sewer provided by Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago.
|Workforce||The area offers a diverse and skilled workforce. Elgin Community College provides workforce recruitment and custom training services with grant support from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Skilled and semi-skilled workers come from Bartlett and surrounding communities of Elgin, Streamwood, Hanover Park, West Chicago, Carol Stream and others.|
|Amenities||The Village of Bartlett is home to two challenging 18-hole golf courses, commuter and freight rail service, restaurants, banquet and conference centers, health clubs, shopping and a quality school system. The Village and the Economic Development Commission strive to create a climate for your business to succeed.|
|Sales||Land sales are handled by Elmhurst Chicago Stone Company. Contact Economic Development Coordinator Tony Fradin at 630-540-5940 for referral. Triumph Development has purchased several shovel-ready sites for build-to-suit projects. Brown Commercial Group represents numerous office condominium buildings with space available for purchase or lease.|
|Incentives||The entire business park is being developed as a result of Tax Increment Financing, which is being used to pay for infrastructure for the park. No individual TIF incentives are available for new companies. However, the Village supports the issuance of industrial revenue bonds and state-sponsored programs for companies considering out-of-state options.|