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New businesses seem to sprout up every week and residential projects continue to be built.

Haribo, the gummy candy manufacturer, is breaking ground, the King and Convicts brewhouse site plan has preliminary approval, and the pharmaceutical company Frensius Kabi is ready to build.

The conditional use permit was recently approved for a 595,500-square-foot-building on 46.9 acres for the Lake Zurich, Ill., based company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for critically and chronically ill patients.

Frensius Kabi’s services and products are used in infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. It is to begin operation in its distribution center next year and employ 100 people on two shifts.

The brewhouse, which is to be on 7.2 acres between 7708 and 7788 120th Ave., is to be more than 51,000 square feet. A future hotel is also planned for the site.

Now the village is moving on establishing Village Green Center, an idea that was little more than a dream for decades.

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The Village Collaboration Committee, Designing Pleasant Prairie’s Downtown, will host an open house and presentation on July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Village Hall, 9915 39th Ave. There, attendees can view the conceptual plans and framework the committee developed and ask questions of committee members.

That is to be followed by a presentation to the Village Board on July 25. At this meeting, attendees can offer opinions and comments on the plan to Pleasant Prairie officials.

Earlier this year, the village purchased 72 acres for $3.7 million to begin the process that will eventually consist of 180 acres for residential, commercial, public and institutional facilities and recreational opportunities.

Other areas of focus include environmentally friendly solutions, project marketing and the downtown aesthetics, character, branding and themes.

Previous efforts to develop the land were stalled due to poor market conditions and private developer ownership.

Now that is becoming a reality — a reality that continues to draw industry, people and a promising future to an area that is the envy of many others.

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