Motorola, Schaumburg to start splitting up campus

  • Schaumburg's zoning board of appeals will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 13 on a proposed plan to break up Motorola Solutions' longtime campus into five parcels to be put on the real estate market.

    Schaumburg's zoning board of appeals will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 13 on a proposed plan to break up Motorola Solutions' longtime campus into five parcels to be put on the real estate market. Daily Herald file photo, 2011

 
 
Posted12/31/2015 5:40 AM

Motorola Solutions will begin the process of selling off its longtime global headquarters in Schaumburg next month by dividing it into five parcels.

The parcels will include all of the 277-acre campus, except the part held by Zurich North America for its new corporate headquarters, Schaumburg Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald said.

 

Motorola Solutions plans to keep using -- but not necessarily own -- two buildings on the site where 1,600 of its employees will continue to work.

The village's zoning board of appeals will hold a public hearing on the plat of subdivision at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at village hall, 101 Schaumburg Court. The zoning board is expected to make a recommendation on the proposal, which the village board will then consider approving Jan. 26.

Schaumburg's plan commission also is expected to hold a public hearing soon on a village consultant's plan to divide the Motorola Solutions campus into approximately 20 parcels. These parcels -- of which Motorola Solutions would retain one -- would be connected by a curved road running from the west side of Meacham Road to the south side of Algonquin Road.

Fitzgerald said there is no direct correlation between the implementation of the consultant's plan and Motorola Solutions' proposed plat to divide the land for sale.

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Not much smaller than the defined area of the Chicago Loop, the 277-acre Motorola campus could become a place where people would be able to live, work in offices, dine at restaurants and stay at hotels without having to move their cars during the day, according to the village's plan.

Commissioned last May, the plan was created by Chicago-based SB Friedman Development Advisors and Orland Park-based Ginkgo Planning & Design at a cost to the village of $48,000.

Representatives of Motorola Solutions expressed some concern at the plan's unveiling about the placement of the road, arguing that it would dip too deeply into the properties closest to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.

The well-known manufacturer of communications equipment for government and first-responders formally announced in September that it planned to move its headquarters and 800 workers to Chicago by the summer of 2016.

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