Charlestowne Mall request moves to City Council without snags

ST. CHARLES – Acting in committee, aldermen Monday unanimously supported an amendment needed to facilitate the redevelopment of Charlestowne Mall.

The St. Charles City Council is expected to act on the issue at its meeting next week.

The existing Charlestowne Mall PUD ordinance – which dates back to 1988 – doesn’t allow for additional buildings on the site, staff said.

SC Main 3800 LLC, the contract purchasers of the property, have indicated plans to construct free-standing structures, such as banks and restaurants, along East Main Street.

Other proposed changes include modifications to the “ring road” around the mall, the removal of the former Sears store and exterior improvements.

“This is what we want to do,” David Pyle – a representative of the team working on the project – said of the concept.

In other news, aldermen unanimously supported staff’s request to install an electric vehicle charging station on the fourth floor of the First Street parking deck.

Total cost is estimated around $13,000, but a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity could reduce it to $6,500.

Electric Services Manager Tom Bruhl said the amenity could serve as an “economic beacon” in downtown St. Charles because electric vehicle owners know where charging stations are and visit them regularly.

“I got an email from a resident in my ward who owns an electric car and questioned why we didn’t have something like this,” 4th Ward Alderman Jim Martin said.

“I’m 100 percent in favor of it,” 4th Ward alderman Jo Krieger added.

Bruhl said the charging station must be installed by Dec. 19 for grant purposes.