Board members for the Village of Hoffman Estates have unanimously approved the renovation of a vacant office building to house a veterinary hospital specializing in the treatment of cancer.
Eva Combs, chair of the village’s planning and zoning commission, told council she understood the facility would be one of only four in the country to provide such cancer treatment for pets. .
The approximately 20,000 square foot one-story building is located at 2700 W. Higgins Road.
Schaumburg-based Storebuild LLC plans to purchase the property, renovate the building and lease it to Pathway Vet Alliance, a national chain of clinics with more than 390 locations.
Hoffman Estates economic development manager Kevin Kramer said the planned veterinary hospital’s specialty services, including oncology, would attract customers from a wider area.
“It’s a one-time use,” he said.
As such, its location’s ability to be a regional destination has been enhanced in recent years by the completion of the full toll interchange at Barrington Road, Kramer added.
Although originally built to house three office tenants, the building would be used exclusively by Pathway Vet Alliance after the planned renovation.
While most services would operate between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., there would be 24-hour staff for emergencies.
At peak times, 40-50 staff should be present with a maximum of 20 customers.
The facility would not have grooming or boarding services, and the animals would not be routinely kept overnight except when observation and post-procedure recovery is needed.
After modifications to the property, the number of parking spaces would increase from 85 to 81, but the Village’s zoning code only requires 72 for an office building of its size.
Exterior modifications include a new storage area to the east which would be concealed by a masonry wall to match the main building. The area would house a generator and two tanks of liquid oxygen needed for surgery and emergency treatment.
On the west side, within the footprint of the current building, a 6 foot black stainless steel fence would be installed to create an outdoor relief area for animals to use individually under supervision.