Huntley Village Board reviews plans for O’Reilly Auto Parts, Panda Express

HUNTLEY – Two new business are looking to come to the northeast corner of Route 47 and Regency Parkway in Huntley. 

Conceptual plans for an O’Reilly Auto Parts and Panda Express were reviewed Thursday at Huntley’s Committee of the Whole meeting. 

O’Reilly Auto Parts is looking to build a 7,927-square-foot auto parts store, according to village documents. The building is proposed to be made of three primary materials – two types of brick and ledgestone at the base of the building, documents show. 

Although canopies are proposed over the storefront windows on the north, west and south sides of the building, Huntley Development Services Director Charles Nordman said staff recommended the petitioner add signage and decorative fixtures to some walls. However, O’Reilly Auto Parts did not follow those recommendations, Nordman said. 

Adam Herberg was at the meeting to represent the project’s architectural firm, CASCO.

“I’m sorry to hear that you guys didn’t think about what staff recommended about sprucing those walls up a little bit – they are very boring,” Trustee John Piwko said. 

Trustees suggested adding decorative lighting or fake windows to the buildings. 

“A lot of people are going to see that east elevation – that’s a major route,” Trustee Ronda Goldman said. “And it’s just a shame that it looks so bland.” 

Herberg said he would go back and work on the plans.

“It’s not our intent to create a simple, bland elevation,” Herberg said. “That’s not at all what we want to hear.”

Trustees agreed to wait to see the revised plans before the concept is referred to the Plan Commission to begin the formal development review process. 

The Panda Express, however, was given the OK to start the formal development review process. 

The 2,200-square-foot restaurant and drive-thru will sit two lots north of the proposed O’Reilly site, Nordman said.

The building will be comprised of two shades of brick, a stone base and composite wood material on the upper portions of the building. 

Although trustees made a few suggestions for the building, the concept plan was given the OK to move forward to the Plan Commission.