ST. CHARLES – Discussions continue regarding the future of Charlestowne Mall on the city’s east side.
In December 2017, the Krausz Companies Inc. – owner of the mall, which it renamed The Quad – closed the interior shops and enclosed mall space at the center. Anchors Von Maur and Classic Cinemas remain open.
In the city’s August newsletter, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina stated Krausz has had conversations with “quite” a few potential developers and that dialogue is underway with another potential developer.
“City elected officials, as well as staff, understand the need for a final plan to move forward and we have clearly heard the frustrations of the constituency,” Rogina said. “We continue to dialogue, remain patient and professional, but clearly understand the importance of this project getting off the ground.”
Concept plans submitted in May 2017 included reducing the size of the mall building and building 155 townhouse units north of the mall and 256 apartment units east of the mall.
The issue of what to do with the largely vacant Charlestowne Mall was one of the issues discussed during a candidate forum in March between 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Payleitner and challenger Ryan Bongard. Payleitner was handily re-elected in April, capturing more than 60% of the vote.
Payleitner said the city is “waiting in the wings” for the mall ownership to take the next step.
“What we have seen is a good concept plan,” she said. “The mall people have done their homework, they’ve done their market research and this mixed use is going to work.”
She also noted that businesses such as the popular Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant chose to locate on the mall property.
“It chose to be there because it’s optimistic about what’s going to be happening on the east side,” Payleitner said.