An animal hospital proposed for a Palatine mall has received a thumbs-up from an advisory village panel.
Dr. Mandeep Sandhu would add to his animal hospital portfolio if his facility opens at the Quentin Corners plaza. He owns Randall Road Animal Hospital in South Elgin, Randall Orchard Crossing Animal Hospital in North Aurora and Huntley Animal Care.
Palatine plan commission members at a meeting this week recommended the village council approve a special-use permit to accommodate the animal clinic proposal. The village council, which gets the final say, is to consider the plan Oct. 16.
"I think this is a good spot for an animal hospital and I think it fills a need," plan commission member Robert Kosloski said. "It's not a huge animal hospital. It's a smaller one, so I think it would probably fit in pretty well in the surrounding area."
Dr. Sourabh Dhawan, who appeared before the plan commission, said after the meeting the facility at Quentin Road and Northwest Highway likely would open in three or four months if the village council grants final approval.
Tentatively named Quentin Road Animal Hospital, the facility would be in a 1,196-square-foot space previously occupied by a dental care business. Medical services and vaccinations would be geared for dogs and cats on an outpatient basis in four exam rooms.
Responding to plan commission queries, Dhawan said animals requiring overnight care would be referred to another facility after treatment in Palatine. Four veterinarian technicians and two receptionists would be expected to assist the doctors.
Denver-based Baceline Investmemts owns Quentin Corners, which the firm purchased in 1986. Baceline executive Ann Budrow said the mall is about 94 percent occupied and that the animal clinic would be a welcome addition.
"We'll have an opportunity to add value not only to the community, but to the tenant mix," Budrow said.