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Plans moving ahead for construction of First Street redevelopment building

Building would be one of last remaining parcels in the First Street redevelopment project in downtown St. Charles

Plans for one of the last remaining parcels in the First Street redevelopment project in downtown St. Charles. At their March 18 meeting, St. Charles aldermen approved preliminary plans for the two-story retail and office building which will be built at the northeast corner of 2nd St./Rt. 31 and Illinois Street.
Plans for one of the last remaining parcels in the First Street redevelopment project in downtown St. Charles. At their March 18 meeting, St. Charles aldermen approved preliminary plans for the two-story retail and office building which will be built at the northeast corner of 2nd St./Rt. 31 and Illinois Street.

ST. CHARLES – Plans for one of the last remaining parcels in the First Street redevelopment project in downtown St. Charles continue to move forward.

At their March 18 meeting, St. Charles aldermen approved preliminary plans for a two-story restaurant and office building that will be built at the northeast corner of Second Street and Illinois Street.

According to a memo from St. Charles Community Development Division Manager Russell Colby, the plans for the building are similar to a previous proposal, but the building exterior now has more extensive use of glass and metal panels. In addition, the arched/rounded stone tower element has been replaced with a rectilinear glass and steel tower and a partial third floor has been added that provides access to roof terraces on both the north and south sides of the building.

As proposed, a restaurant is expected to occupy the first floor and use the third floor/rooftop. There would be offices on the second floor.

Aldermen also approved a redevelopment agreement with developer Frontier Development LLC that calls for the city to convey the property to the developer and waive/reimburse permit and zoning fees for the project, estimated at about $20,000. Frontier would be responsible for constructing streetscape improvements.

Construction is set to begin in the fall, with completion by April 2020.

First Street is a multi-phase project that began in 2007. After the development of Frontier Development’s lot, there are two more lots remaining to be developed.

The first two phases of the project completed in 2009 included reconstruction of streets/sidewalks and utilities along First Street, relocation and expansion of the Blue Goose Market, construction of a 430-space parking garage building and the creation of the public plaza adjacent to the Main Street businesses.

Construction is now underway on phase three of the First Street redevelopment project, which is the riverfront property located at the northeast corner of Illinois and First streets.

When completed in 2019, phase three will include three mixed-use buildings, a public parking deck, an extension of the First Street plaza east to the riverfront and a bi-level pedestrian riverwalk, city officials said.

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