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Oak Brook officials consider pediatric care facility proposal


A pediatric urgent care facility has been proposed for a vacant parcel near Nordstrom in Oakbrook Center and behind Shake Shack at 1950 Spring Road.

The address for the project is 1180 Harger Road, Lot 1 of Franklin Subdivision,  which is located at the Harger Road and the Oakbrook Center Ring Road intersection. The parcel is approximately 19,600 square feet, 0.45 acre in size. The proposed building is 5,500 square feet, with a 4,300 square foot basement.

The plan by Franklin Partners is to construct and operate a pediatric urgent care medical office, which includes 14 examination rooms, an x-ray, and ancillary areas.

“While this parcel had always been anticipated to be more for a retail or restaurant use, the pediatric urgent care facility is an approved use under the current zoning,” Village President Larry Herman said.

The Village Board heard a preliminary review of the project at its April 23 meeting. The next official step in the process is to have the Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission hear the proposal in August and make a recommendation to the Village Board, which will have final approval.

“We eagerly await the review and feedback from our thorough Planning and Zoning Commission,” Herman said.

The property is zoned B-2, Regional Shopping Center District and medical offices are allowed within the B-2 District.

Scott Day, the attorney who handled the April 23 presentation to the board and answered questions, said the site has been marketed actively, but nothing previously has been worked out and pursued.

“It’s a service use, as opposed to a retail use,” Day said of the pediatric urgent care facility, “but it’s an important one. This is a use that has confronted remarkable success where it has been operated elsewhere. This is a children’s atmosphere for children that are sick.”

He said the site is not large enough for an anchor retail use, and smaller retail businesses prefer to be inside Oakbrook Center.

“They want to be in the hustle and bustle of the mall,” he said.

Kids Urgent Care Ltd. already operates a “Kids Urgent Care” facility in Wheaton, which is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m . to 9 p.m. and handles, on average, two to four patients per hour.

Kids Urgent Care states that it has board-certified pediatricians who can treat most acute illnesses and injuries on-site, and its doctors can write prescriptions, and, in some cases, provide medication.

The applicant has attempted to address village concerns regarding proposed signage for the development and has modified the proposal in response to concerns prior to board, said Rebecca Von Drasek, Oak Brook’s development services director.

Chuck Fieldman is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

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