The future of Oswego’s business and retail industry is continuing to grow, according to village of Oswego officials.
Incoming and recently opened businesses were discussed at the village’s first Community Conversations meeting of the summer, held at Fox Chase Elementary School on Thursday, June 21.
Village Administrator Daniel Di Santo said, “We hope when you leave today, you’ll have a much better understanding of all the big things going on in Oswego, what’s been happening in the past year, and what’s to come in the next year.”
Among the new businesses and ventures coming to Oswego is a business returning to the village. Play It Again Sports, a sporting goods resale store, had been previously located in Mason Square, but closed several years ago. The new location, under new ownership, will be opening in July in the former Hallmark store on Route 34.
ATI Physical Therapy will set up shop along Route 34, near L.A. Fitness.
The much-debated Delta Sonic car wash, opening up along Route 34, will include an interior vacuum facility, the first of its kind for the company. A second new car wash was recently approved to fill an outgoing business in Mason Square.
Village Trustee Ryan Kauffman also provided an update on the state of “Potter’s Place,” the planned Mexican restaurant that is expected to replace a vacant building located at 63 Washington St. (Route 34 just west of Main Street).
The project hit a snag in November when the developers’ request for an economic development loan from Kendall County was rejected.
As a result, the developers asked the village for an extension on the redevelopment agreement in place with the village. A second extension was approved by the village board in May, giving the developers until November to finalize their financing for the project.
“We’re going to do what we can to get that going as quickly as possible,” Kauffman said.
Potter’s Place is expected to open in the summer of 2019.
Recent businesses that have opened in Oswego were also highlighted, including the Oswego Brewing Company, which opened in downtown Oswego earlier this year. According Kauffman, the company has resulted in close to $1 million in property improvements and capital investments in the village’s downtown.
Kauffman also highlighted Steve Buresh’s Cheesecake Store & Sandwich Shop, which opened in the spring, at the northwest corner of Orchard Road and Mill Road.
“It’s an outstanding business,” Di Santo said.
The next Community Conversations meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 18, at Churchill Elementary School, 520 Secretariat Lane, Oswego.