5th Avenue Project Background Information
This page is a resource for all background information related to the 5th Avenue Project. In the interest of transparency, documentation relating to prior phases or timeframes of this project can be found archived on this site.
FAQs - Updated Oct. 5, 2017
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions the City has received on this project. Other questions can be found in the PDF linked below.
How come the community hasn’t been involved in the process?
Because the “process” is starting this October. What has been done to date has been the selection of a developer who can best guide us through this process. The selection process began as a procurement with the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) approved by the City Council on February 21, 2017. This coincided with the City’s purchase of 190 E. 5th Avenue, the last key parcel in this area. The intent of this RFQ was to provide a fair and level playing field for developers to submit their qualifications to the City. No money has been spent by the City and no contracts have been signed. Before any concept can be developed, a full public engagement process must take place to understand what the community wants and what is feasible for that area.
The size and scale of the development is too much for the area and will add too many new residents.
There are no approved development plans. We are at the very beginning of this process and would like to partner with Ryan Companies and start the 5th Avenue Project by beginning to engage the entire Naperville community to develop a plan.
Concept ideas and sketches were prepared by all the teams that responded to the City’s RFQ. These initial ideas were provided so that the scoring team could see the firm’s ideas about market potential for the area. None of the sketches were ever meant to be hard-and-fast plans for the area. A plan (or plans) for the 5th Avenue area would only come about after extensive studies and community input. The City is seeking to move forward with a process that will incorporate extensive engagement and generate plans for further discussion at the community and City Council level.