City of St. Charles leaders to slow process of redevelopment of former police station site along Fox River – Shaw Local
St. Charles leaders plan to take more time to determine the best use of the former police station site along the Fox River.
St. Charles Mayor Lora Vitek said she plans to review the redevelopment process in the spring. Discussion of two concept plans for the site was dropped at the City Council’s Planning and Development Committee meeting on 14 November.
“City council has had a lot of discussion about the proposed designs for the former police station site, and we appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received from our residents – both positive and negative,” the mayor said. St. Charles, Lora Vitek, in a press release. . “Developer submissions included intriguing concepts that warrant further evaluation to determine the best uses for the site. The City Council is going to take some time to refine its vision so that we can capitalize on this incredible opportunity and deliver the right project for the community. This is a prime property in the heart of our downtown core. We want to do things right.
Second Ward Alderman Ryan Bongard applauded Vitek’s decision.
“His decision allows for further discussion by City Council and the community to ensure we achieve a positive outcome for St. Charles,” Bongard said in a statement. “This project presents a rare opportunity to enrich our downtown, complementing both City Hall and the riverfront while supporting the whole of Saint-Charles.”
St. Charles residents filled City Council chambers on October 10 to hear about two proposals for redevelopment of the former St. Charles Police Station site. During the City Council’s Planning and Development Committee, Chicago-based Murphy Development Group and Frontier Development, which has been involved in several projects in downtown St. Charles, presented their plans for the land.
Murphy Development Group proposed to construct a five to seven story building that would house 141 apartments, a restaurant and retail space. The project would cost around $60.5 million, with the developer seeking no incentive from the city.
Frontier Development, in partnership with Chicago-based The Prime Group and Architectural Wood Expressions, proposed to construct a six-story building and parking garage that would contain 107 residential units, four restaurants, 164 hotel rooms, a spa/ fitness center and conference space. . An 85,000 square foot outdoor plaza, two rooftop pools and 750 linear feet of public river walkway are also part of the plans.
The project would cost about $150 million to build, with developers asking the city for tax increase funding of up to $20 million and revenue-sharing funding provided by the city.
Curt Hurst, owner of Frontier Development with his son Conrad, said he met with residents about the proposed development.
“I live downtown,” he said at the Oct. 10 meeting. “We want to do things right. We are definitely committed to working with the community.
Over 700 people have signed a petition opposing Frontier Development’s plans. The petition, started by Eileen Kanute, opposes the plan for several reasons, including that the proposal is too large for the riverfront and that heavy traffic will overwhelm surrounding neighborhoods and Main Street.
The petition also opposes the proposed $20 million tax increase funding and revenue sharing funding provided by the city. During the meeting, Curt Hurst compared the request to St. Charles agreeing to give developer Zylstra, LLC approximately $7.5 million in sales tax revenue obligations to bring a Costco store to St. Charles.