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St. Charles residents speak on mall site proposal

ST. CHARLES – Presented with two similar proposals for the former St. Charles Mall site, residents on Monday called on Shodeen to do better.

“Give us something to like,” resident David Amundson said during a neighborhood meeting at the Baker Community Center in downtown. “Give us something worthy of you guys.”

Shodeen has submitted a concept plan for the Prairie Center, a proposed redevelopment of the nearly 30-acre parcel near Route 38 and Randall Road in western St. Charles.

Monday’s meeting was held to elicit constructive, relevant feedback before the Plan Commission and Planning and Development Committee consider the developer’s application in January.

The discussion was facilitated by representatives from Ancel Glink, a law firm the city hired to assist with the public feedback process, associate Greg Jones said.

Jones took notes on the public’s comments and questions about the two concept site plans Shodeen has proposed for the site. The options have similarities, including plans for quick-serve restaurants just north of Route 38 and mixed-use buildings that would feature both retail and office space and residential units.

Shodeen President David Patzelt showed pictures of existing properties to illustrate the vision for Prairie Center.

He compared one option to the mixed-use development in Mill Creek west of Geneva. Prairie Center could have luxurious residential units with elevators and underground, heated parking, he said.

The other option had fewer residential units that would be more basic walk-ups with surface parking, Patzelt said. He noted it would have more of an apartment-complex feel.

Amundson said it was clear Shodeen doesn’t like the latter, less luxurious option because Patzelt “did [his] best to make us not like it.”

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