Batavia seeks more sales-tax-generating businesses for Randall Road corridor
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media November 3, 2013 10:32PM
Updated: December 5, 2013 6:16AM
No office-related businesses will be approved on Randall Road if Batavia approves a moratorium on non sales-tax revenue generating type businesses there.
“We have made a major investment on Randall through sales tax rebates to enhance the area and make it attractive for commercial development,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said Friday.
Schielke said he will ask the City Council to consider imposing a moratorium later this month to give the city time to review permitted uses along the commercial corridor.
The Batavia City Council Committee of the Whole recently approved a conditional use to allow a dental practice to occupy half of a 3,838-square-foot, multi-tenant building under construction at 835 N. Randall Road, a commercial area anchored by Walmart at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway.
The Aetna Development Corporation was granted approval four years ago to amend an ordinance that removed medical and dental clinics from a list of prohibited uses, which also allowed for Delnor Express Care to locate in the area.
Schielke said the intersection of Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway averages 50,000 to 70,000 cars a day and additions to the housing stock in the area are on the city comprehensive plan.
Schielke said he is concerned about the potentially large, non sales-tax revenue generating businesses interested in Randall Road, which would include everything from medical clinics to physical fitness facilities.
Schielke said some of those types of businesses generate high traffic volumes and take up parking spaces that can “scare off” prospective retailers. He said retailers also are interested in locating next to compatible commercial uses.
“If the retailers see an area fully inundated by office uses, it is very unattractive for them to want to move in,” he said.
Schielke said the city’s sales tax revenues are between $6 million and $7 million per year.
Schielke said prior to the Randall Road commercial corridor the city’s sales tax revenues was around $500,000 a year.