St. Charles aldermen to hear First Street plans

Published: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 9:02 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Aldermen are expected to hear plans Monday for the long-inactive Phase 3 of the First Street Redevelopment project.

The St. Charles City Council has granted seven construction extensions for the project, which would develop the west bank of the Fox River bordered by Illinois, First and Main streets in downtown St. Charles.

First Street LLC is scheduled to present a revised concept for Phase 3 at the 7 p.m. Planning and Development Committee meeting Monday.

According to agenda documents, First Street LLC has two sets of conceptual plans: one with four four-story buildings and one with three four-story buildings.

Both sets include a parking structure; condominiums; studio units; one- and two-bedroom units; and first-floor restaurant, retail and office space.

The concept plan does not include the former Manor site, 1 W. Main St. That property is controlled by SMN Development.

The Historic Preservation Commission, Plan Commission and City Council will be involved in the review process, according to agenda documents.

Also Monday, the Planning and Development Committee is expected to consider First Street LLC’s request to loosen restrictions on Building 7A of the First Street Redevelopment site.

Built in 2008 just north of Prairie Street, the structure is permitted to house a financial institution with a drive-through facility, additional commercial tenant spaces on the first floor and 16 apartments on the upper levels, according to agenda documents.

First Street LLC wants to expand the permitted uses to include offices and medical and dental clinics.

The Plan Commission has unanimously endorsed the request.