CRETE | Village Administrator Tom Durkin told the Village Board this week the time has come to conduct a hotel market survey for Crete.
“Many of the businesses that have started in Crete have expressed a need for associates to stay overnight while conducting business,” Durkin told the board during Monday night’s meeting.
The Bible League, Culver’s and Silliker Labs are a few of the businesses that have mentioned a hotel, Durkin said.
The Crete Park of Commerce, a development area located by the Bible League on Illinois 394, will be part of the market survey. The area is considered conducive for a hotel, given the location and proximity to Interstates 80 and 94.
Durkin also said that downtown Crete will be part of the survey.
“The village would be very interested in a hotel in downtown, if it was feasible,” Durkin said. “The location is not far from the commerce area.”
In other village news, three trustees and the village president were sworn in to office Monday night.
Michael Einhorn was re-elected to the office of village president on April 9. Trustees Mark Wiater, Stephen Johnson and Den Gaffney also took their oaths of office.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Crete residents,” Einhorn said.
The board also approved an ordinance to raise the cost of a Class C liquor license from $400 annually to $800.
A total of $720,000 in tax increment financing funds was approved to develop infrastructure along Old Monee Road. The TIF funds will cover the cost of installing water, sewer, road expansion and right-of-way.
Al-Amin is going to build a 34,000-square-foot expandable cold food storage plant and a 10,000-square-foot office facility at the corner of Ill. 1 and Old Monee Road.
The cold food storage facility can be expanded to 68,000 square feet in the future, which is part of the long-term plan, company officials have said.
“By doing the infrastructure work, we help Al-Amin,” Einhorn said. “But because it is infrastructure that is shared, other businesses that develop along that corridor will be able to use it.”