Zurich North America moving to new headquarters in September

  • Matt Frank, the village of Schaumburg's economic development manager, updated members of the Schaumburg Business Association Tuesday on the state of several construction projects in the community, including Zurich North America's move to a new headquarters.

      Matt Frank, the village of Schaumburg's economic development manager, updated members of the Schaumburg Business Association Tuesday on the state of several construction projects in the community, including Zurich North America's move to a new headquarters. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Frank, the village of Schaumburg's economic development manager, chats with audience members Tuesday after the Schaumburg Business Association's "Good Morning, Schaumburg" event. Frank provided audience members with an update on several business-related projects in the village.

      Matt Frank, the village of Schaumburg's economic development manager, chats with audience members Tuesday after the Schaumburg Business Association's "Good Morning, Schaumburg" event. Frank provided audience members with an update on several business-related projects in the village. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Burke, president and CEO of Links Technology in Schaumburg, addresses members of the Schaumburg Business Association Tuesday morning. Burke was the founding chairman of the business organization.

      Brian Burke, president and CEO of Links Technology in Schaumburg, addresses members of the Schaumburg Business Association Tuesday morning. Burke was the founding chairman of the business organization. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/10/2016 4:22 PM

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.

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