SYCAMORE – Demolition of a former restaurant building is wrapping up to make way for a new commercial center across DeKalb Avenue from Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
The center, which is on the northeast corner of DeKalb Avenue and Gateway Drive, is scheduled to open in January, said Louis Schriber, CEO of the Shorewood Development Group, developer of the project.
Physicians Immediate Care will occupy 4,500 square feet of the building, he said. Company leaders chose the site partially because they have worked with health care services company in Cook and Kendall counties, he said.
Physicians Immediate Care is currently on the third floor of the American Midwest Bank building, near the intersection of DeKalb Avenue and Bethany Road. Cindy Donohoe, the company’s customer experience officer, said the new location will allow for larger waiting rooms and brighter space.
There’s also the potential to serve more patients. She said the current location serves about 30 to 60 patients a day.
“We’re excited about the new location as it allows us to build a brand new state-of-the-art facility,” she said.
Donohoe said she doesn’t expect any disruption of services as Physicians Immediate Care moves to the new location. The transition should be easy for current patients as the new location is a quarter-mile away from the old one, she said.
The property was previously occupied by Za Za’s and Kish Corner Family Restaurant, but has been vacant since Kish Corner closed in December 2011.
The new, roughly 11,000-square-foot building will have other tenants as well, Schriber said.
“We’re actively marketing the property,” he said.
Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said city officials have been working with the company since City Council members approved a variance request in June. The request was to alter the setback requirements for the building and parking lot.
The total investment in the project is roughly $3.2 million, according to city records. The building would include three suites facing DeKalb Avenue.
“We’re glad to see the Shorewood Development Group has a long-term tenant to fill a good part of that space, and we’re confident they’ll bring other tenants to the area,” Gregory said.