Zurich North America moving to new headquarters in September
Caught in traffic during a rainy rush hour, Tim Smithe of Walter E. Smithe Furniture + Design commercial fame was forced to postpone his appearance at the Schaumburg Business Association's monthly "Good Morning, Schaumburg" breakfast Tuesday morning until July.
But Schaumburg Economic Development Manager Matt Frank and Schaumburg Park District Executive Director Tony LaFrenere filled in with updates on construction projects and development activity in the community.
"I have not been in any commercials, but you're stuck with me," Frank joked.
Among the projects he discussed was Zurich North America's planned move in September from its existing towers near Woodfield to its new headquarters nearing completion on a portion of the former Motorola Solutions campus north of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.
He also confirmed that Art Van Furniture was moving forward this year with plans for a $10 million renovation of the former Dominick's at the southwest corner of Higgins and Meacham roads.
LaFrenere spoke about progress on the park district's $2.5 million nature playground -- Bison's Bluff -- now under construction at Spring Valley Nature Center.
Among the goals for the playground is to introduce the joys of nature and the rest of Spring Valley to a generation of children increasingly drawn to computer screens, LaFrenere said.