Machesney Park welcomes new retail neighbors and growth

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill (WIFR)--- "Machesney Park is experiencing a great period of growth right now both in the retail and industrial sectors," say Village community development director, James Richter II

The Village of Machesney Park is growing not just in its total of residents but its list of retail outlets.

"With Five Below and with Old Navy occupying space in Machesney Crossing, the owner of the property, First Midwest group, has done an excellent job of infusing apparel and fashion into that center," says Richter.

Village leaders say part of the success is low cost.

"Trying to keep the cost of doing business to a minimum here with low fees as well as an expedited response when permits come in and inspections come through," says Richter.

Local businesses like Onyx Bar and Grill witness and enjoy the benefits of the economic development.

"The construction workers, they know we have quick service for them," says manager Terry Simmons.

Residents are excited and welcome the added shopping options.