Hickory Grove, Adams County, Illinois
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Hickory Grove is an unincorporated community and Edge city in Ellington Township, Adams County, Illinois, United States. It is situated on the outskirts of the city of Quincy and is part of the Quincy, IL–MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.
For the most part, the location of Hickory Grove is spread out a little under a mile along Broadway from 60th Street to 70th Street. Several other locations exist of Hickory Grove, which are spread out along Interstate 172. This includes the Columbus Road/Wisman Lane interchanges and the Rim Road subdivision on State Street.
Edge city status
Originally Hickory Grove was left untouched by the urban sprawl of Quincy, but in the early 1990s when Illinois Route 336 was upgraded to Interstate Highway standards as Interstate 172, the community began to see that they would be a valuable asset to Quincy in the future as an edge city anchoring businesses.
In 2004, construction began on the Prairie Crossings Shopping Complex (now known as Prairie Trail) which once completed more traffic would head towards their way. Although they did not support the new urbanization of their community, annexation was inevitable and Quincy annexed Hickory Grove later that year.
Prairie Trail is a new shopping complex built as the first commercial zone of Quincy east of Interstate 172. 63rd street serves the lots eastern border, an exit ramp as the western border and Illinois Route 104 (Broadway) as its northern border. Much of the complex opened in 2005, but it is not expected to have all lots leased until later. So far, Lowe's, Kohl's, Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, MC Sports, Great Clips salon, Shoe Carnival, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Best Buy are the only tenants.
Mill Creek Confusion
Sometimes Hickory Grove is referred to as the Mill Creek township, because Mill Creek travels through the city, in fact more people recognize it as Mill Creek than Hickory Grove. This is because the name on the 2 water towers in the town. However, it cannot officially be called Mill Creek, Illinois because another town in the state has that name.
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