06/02/2023

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Former Vernon Hills furniture store could become an adventure park

Former Vernon Hills furniture store could become an adventure park

A previous furniture keep in Vernon Hills could be repurposed as an experience centre for children.

Village officials have accepted the strategy for an Urban Air Adventure Park at 413 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Market procuring centre.

The 60,551-sq.-foot space was occupied past by Ashley Homestore, which moved in other places in town quite a few years in the past.

City Air Adventure Park is a franchise with 153 spots in the U.S. and Canada and 80 additional in development. Suburban locations consist of retailers in Crystal Lake, Naperville and St. Charles.

The enterprise has evolved from a trampoline park to incorporate a variety of attractions which include go-karts, rock walls, rope programs, foam pits, climbing partitions, laser tag, zip strains and other functions.

Moreover walk-in site visitors, Urban Air amenities have a speedy-informal cafe and can accommodate children’s birthday parties, corporate gatherings, preschool industry visits and other situations. Membership plans, day passes and tiered rates would be presented.

The focus on market is little ones ages 5 to 15, and the facility would contain a guarded spot for kids 7 and more youthful.

There are 45,000 little ones in the market place territory, which extends in all directions very well outside of Vernon Hills, according to facts supplied to the village.

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“The principal thing we like about City Air is it offers a position for youngsters to escape,” stated probable operator Neil Hoffner, a St. Louis-spot resident who explained he is retiring this week following 18 decades as a project engineer with Boeing.

Hoffner and his wife, Linh, operate a preschool/day care facility in the St. Louis location. They would lease the previous Ashley space in Vernon Hills.

According to company elements, several franchise house owners have backgrounds in small children-centric organizations and can use those techniques to diversify into little one amusement.

Why Vernon Hills?

Hoffner reported he has household in Lake County, like a brother-in-regulation who operates in Vernon Hills and sold him on relocating to the area.

“We’re negotiating the lease ideal now,” he stated.

For the reason that the creating is much more than 45,000 square ft, it qualifies as an Urban Air franchise to offer you quality attractions, this kind of as go-karts or laser tag, Hoffner informed village officials. It would be distinct from a nearby Sky Zone trampoline park, he additional.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“I imagine the top quality attractions will differentiate us from them,” he mentioned.

One particular of the setting up requirements is a ceiling top of at least 18 feet to let for zip strains and climbing ropes, for illustration.

Village officials claimed they required to make certain there was unbiased oversight of the devices for security.

“We are likely to be investigating that — what 3rd-get together inspection businesses are out there that take care of those people styles of things,” stated Mike Atkinson, neighborhood improvement director.

Village officials authorised the idea for far more comprehensive employees assessment and a community listening to right before the advisory planning and zoning commission. Village code needs a special-use permit for amusement/leisure amenities.

“It truly is looks appealing,” Atkinson mentioned. “Now that we know the (village) board is open to it, we’ll dig into the facts.”