Charlestowne Mall requests forwarded to aldermen for review

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A rendering is seen of a revamped Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – SC Main 3800, the contract purchasers of Charlestowne Mall, cleared the first hurdle toward redeveloping the shopping center property.

The St. Charles Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended approval to amend the Charlestowne Mall PUD ordinance to establish new standards that will facilitate the property’s redevelopment.

The existing PUD ordinance was established in 1988.

The developer’s plans include adding commercial space, such as restaurants and banks, along East Main Street. To do so, amendments to the existing PUD ordinance are needed.

Tuesday, David Pyle – a representative of the team working on the project – outlined adjustments to the property’s ring road, crosswalks and walkways to improve traffic flow and to maximize parking.

With two members absent, the commission – an advisory body to the St. Charles City Council – voted 4-1 in support of the amendments. Member Curt Henningson was in the minority.

Commission member Brian Doyle said initial plans don’t include everything he would want on the mall property, such as paths for bicycles.

“That’s my want,” he said. “But I also believe that the proposal that’s in front of us meets the community’s needs.”

Henningson had concerns about pedestrian and vehicular traffic as well as the amount of parking designated for the additional buildings along East Main Street.

“I have problems with the outlots and the access to those outlots by [automobiles] and pedestrians,” Henningson said. “I think it’s a real safety issue.”

Doyle compared the situation to Geneva Commons, where he and his family must cross traffic to get to a restaurant they frequent.

“My want is that I will have a direct line with no cars between me and everything else I want to go to, but I know that’s something I will never have,” Doyle said.

Henningson also requested the size of the proposed new buildings but was told it is too early in the process for that information.

“The level of review right now is concept,” Commission Chairman Todd Wallace said.

The topic is expected to be reviewed by aldermen Monday.

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