Furniture retailer suspends efforts because of CFI proposal

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The furniture company that was in discussions with the village about taking over part of the former Dominick's property, has made its feelings known to county officials about the proposed continuous flow intersection.

Art Van Furniture has submitted a letter, obtained by the Northwest Herald, to the county and has met with county transportation officials about the access to the Dominick's location at the northeast corner of Randall and Algonquin roads.

In the letter from Lee Winter, a real estate manager for Art Van, the company asked that the CFI plan be withdrawn.

"It severely restricts the existing access points on all of the affected retail properties and as a result we have suspended our efforts here," Winter wrote.

Art Van has six stores in the Chicago area. Phone calls to Art Van were not returned.

County Engineer Joe Korpalski said its consultants TranSystems, are reaching out to property owners to listen to them and discuss their specific needs for their business.

He added that the county has not received any formal letters in support of the CFI proposals.

"You never know, it's still early in the process," Korpalski said.

Village officials in Lake in the Hills have adamantly been against the CFI proposal.

Economic Development Coordinator Gino DeVivo said Art Van and the village have been in discussions about the Dominick's property since September. He said the access points are are serious concern for the Michigan-based company.

"Businesses need access, it's their life blood," DeVivo said.

DeVivo said access, or lack thereof, can affect new investment and existing business owners.

"The small business owners that employ a handful of people, those people are affected too," DeVivo said.

Letters from people who run Chazio's Hair Colour Salon & Nail Spa and Tommy's Red Hots opposing the CFI have been sent to the county.

An attorney representing the shopping center at the northwest corner of the intersection has written to the county in opposition to the CFI proposal.

The county is in the second phase of design and engineering for the proposed Randall Road improvements. Part of the 3.5-mile corridor improvement, which calls for widening Randall Road from County Line Road to Ackman Road, is a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads.

In a CFI, those turning left move into turn lanes earlier than in traditional intersections, and the separate lanes allow them to go left at the same time other vehicles are proceeding straight through. 

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