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Oswego's Orchard Road Corridor Slowly Progressing

Dec 21, 2014 04:25PM ● By Steven Jack

Oswego's second Dunkin' Donuts location should be open in the next few weeks.

After several years of on-again, off-again commercial development, Oswego's Orchard Road corridor is seeing a slight resurgence in activity.

Four new eating establishments will open in the coming months, and construction has begun on a second three-story building at Diamond Senior Apartments of Oswego. 

The eateries include Oswego's second Dunkin' Donuts location, Taco Bell, Prohibition Junction Bar & Grill (located in the former Tommy's location) and Off the Orchard Cafe (located in the former Vito and Nick's location).

While the village's Economic Development Director stopped short of saying Orchard Road is becoming a sought-after area for commercial developers, he's optimistic about the future.

"Orchard Road is still a developing market for retail. Finding long-term sustainable tenants has been a challenge for the landlords in this corridor," said Director Vijay Gadde. "... In the long term the proposed concept of a transit-oriented development with a future Metra Station should help this corridor become vibrant."

If and when a Metra commuter station is developed in Oswego remains to be seen. Metra is still in the midst of conducting its feasibility study into an Oswego stop. Last year the Metra board approved adding funding to the study that would also determine feasibility of Yorkville and Plano stops. The feasibility study is to be completed sometime early next year.

In June, the Village Board also gave its preliminary approval for Tuscany Station — a development proposed for the northwest corner of Orchard Road and the railroad tracks that calls for 135 single-family home lots, 346 apartment units, 10 acres of commercial and a 15-acre future commuter parking lot. 

Tuscany Station has been met with resistance from some local residents who have said the development is too dense and may overburden local schools with more students. Gadde urged residents interested in helping shape the future of such developments to attend the second of the village's Comprehensive Plan open houses scheduled for Jan. 28.