Topgolf becomes first step in redevelopment of Motorola campus

Schaumburg approves sports entertainment venue for former Motorola campus

A 67,000-square-foot Topgolf sports entertainment facility has become the first specific approval of the 225-acre Veridian development on the former Motorola Solutions campus in Schaumburg.

But the project on the west side of the site at the southwest corner of Algonquin and Meacham roads isn't expected to be alone for long.

On its way through the village's review process is a proposed 260-unit apartment building north of Topgolf.

Chicago-based UrbanStreet LLC owns the entire Veridian property and is the individual developer of the apartment building proposal.

Bob Burk expressed his happiness Monday for Topgolf's taking the first step toward the realization of his firm's vision. "It's another tangible support factor from the village on actually allowing and encouraging true mixed use on the site," Burk said.

The business, which will include nearly 24,000 square feet of outdoor hitting bays as well as indoor space for a restaurant, lounge and banquet room, already has some near corporate neighbors in Zurich North America and Motorola Solutions' remaining 1,600 employees on its former campus.

Even with a new apartment building expected to join the others in the area, the clientele for Topgolf is expected to come from much further afield as well.

"They're a massive regional draw," Burk said.

A $10.2 million central road through the Veridian development will start construction next month and is expected to be completed by the end of the year, before any Topgolf customers would arrive.

Schaumburg Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald has recognized some of the most important stages of the massive redevelopment taking place in recent weeks, including Topgolf's approval by village trustees Tuesday.

"I do think it marks an important milestone because it's an individual project being approved for zoning entitlement," she said. "What I think is also extremely significant is that the plat for the property was approved. That really set the roadway location and set aside large chunks of property for development."

Tuesday's Topgolf approval included two major variances for the facility's signs. One allows a 342-square-foot wall sign, whereas 200 square feet is the normal limit. Another allows two 1,500-square-foot electronic message board signs on the ground, facing inward toward customers already at Topgolf.

Trustee Tom Dailly asked whether staff had any concerns about the nighttime brightness of the signs but was told they would hardly stand out amid the overall lighting at the facility, which was likened to any other sports field with lights.

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