ST. CHARLES – The $1 million renovation project for the municipal parking lot in St. Charles is slated to begin Monday, according to a news release from the city.
Residents are advised to use other parking areas during construction on the project, which should be complete in time for this year’s Scarecrow Festival in October.
Portions of the lot will be closed starting Monday as construction workers start setting up equipment, said Lisa Garhan, community and public affairs coordinator. The entire lot will be unavailable within a week or so from the start of the construction.
The municipal parking lot is directly north of the St. Charles Municipal Building, at 2 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles. The project will replace the existing lot, bordered by the Municipal Building, the St. Charles Police Department, the Fox River and Riverside Avenue, according to the news release. The new lot will have a similar parking space count.
The north entrance to the Municipal Building will be closed during construction. Motorists should use the south entrance, which will remain open throughout the project, the release states.
The parking lot located on the southeast corner of the Municipal Building (also known as the “checkerboard lot”) will stay open, as well. However, parking will be limited to 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The post office box and city drop box currently located in the parking lot near the police department will be relocated during construction to a spot north of the corner of State and Riverside avenues.
At various times, sidewalks along Riverside Avenue will be closed and marked with detour routes. The riverwalk directly adjacent to the parking lot will be closed during construction.
The sidewalk leading to the main entrance of the police department will remain open.
The project will provide more green space for residents and visitors, improve landscaping along the Fox River and provide a public plaza for art displays or gatherings, the release states. Improved traffic flow patterns, walkways and lighting will enhance pedestrian safety in the lot. Much-needed replacement of a water main, electric systems and storm sewer infrastructure also will be completed, the release states.
A-Lamp Construction was selected as the contractor, and the city secured a $65,000 grant from the Kane County Riverboat Fund for the project.
What: Municipal parking lot renovation project open house
When: 2 to 3 p.m. today
Where: The City Council chambers in the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles