Three new businesses are coming to Des Plaines, while a fourth has plans for expansion.
The city council this week formally approved conditional use permits for a new child care center, recycling center and wholesale goods establishment, while also supporting a car repair shop's plans to sell vehicles in an early preference vote.
The new child care center, Our Angel's Academy, is moving to a vacant office building at 1157 Algonquin Road. The 2,040-square-foot facility housed the Sunshine day care center from 1982 to 2010, city officials said.
The new day care center is intended for children ages 2 to 6, and will have capacity for up to 40 children. An enclosed outdoor play area totaling 1,222 square feet is proposed at the rear of the property.
The recycling center, Action Metal Recycling, will open inside a one-story industrial building at 2063 Frontage Road, near Arndt Park. The business plans to purchase metal products dropped off by customers, process and pack metals inside the building, and then ship the metals out, officials said.
The wholesale goods establishment, Z & Z Impex, is an importer and wholesale distribution company for watches, jewelry, purses, bracelets and rings. There will be no walk-in customers at its location at 1550 Mount Prospect Road, as the building will be used mainly for office and stock areas.
An auto service repair shop at 173 S. Wolf Road is seeking a conditional use permit allowing motor vehicle sales. A maximum of seven vehicles would be for sale at a time, officials said.
The business owners are also proposing site improvements, including a 7-foot-wide perimeter landscaping area with shrubs and trees and a 3-foot high ornamental wrought-iron style fence.
A second reading vote to approve the conditional use could come at the next city council meeting Jan. 21.