5th Avenue Project

Steering Committee Interest Form Now Available

The interest form for the 5th Avenue Steering Committee is now available to download here. All forms are due to the City by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017, using the contact information noted on the form. For more details, see the "Steering Committee" section below.  

The area along 5th Avenue near the Naperville Metra station has long been a topic of conversation in the community for its potential to accommodate different uses. The area has previously been the focus of a planning area study completed in 2009 and other feasibility studies.

In 2017, the City is considering opportunities to potentially reimagine certain properties in this area, including:

  • Kroehler Lot - Located at the NE corner of 5th Avenue/Loomis Street.
  • Water Tower West Site - Located at the SE corner of 5th Avenue/Loomis Street.
  • Lower Burlington Lot - Located at the SE corner of 5th Avenue/Washington Street.
  • 190 E. 5th Avenue (f.k.a. Boecker Property) - Located immediately north of the Upper Burlington Lot.
  • Parkview Lot - Located at the signalized intersection of North Avenue/Washington Street.
  • DuPage Children’s Museum - Located on west side of Washington Street at the terminus of North Avenue.
  • Upper Burlington Lot - Located immediately north of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, south of 5th Avenue.

Process - Updated Oct. 17, 2017

5th Avenue Process Flow

What has been done to date has been the selection of a developer who can best guide the City through the 5th Avenue Project, including the community engagement 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. The intent of this RFQ was to provide a fair and level playing field for developers to submit their qualifications to the City.

After releasing the RFQ in February, firms had until May to respond in writing. Eight companies responded. After reviewing and scoring the written proposals, five teams were asked to participate in 2-hour interviews. (RFQ responses are included on the 5th Avenue Background Information page.) After interviewing the five teams, it was determined by the RFQ scoring committee that the experience, resources and capabilities of one firm (Ryan Companies) exceeded the qualifications of the other proposers.

At its October 3, 2017 meeting, the City Council voted to partner with Ryan Companies and begin the community engagement process for the 5th Avenue Project. Multiple input opportunities will be provided, including meetings, community workshops, open houses, surveys and more. At the same time, market, technical (e.g. traffic, parking, environmental) data will be gathered to provide a baseline for any concept development.

View Community Engagement Plan

In addition, Ryan Companies will be required to provide an update to the City Council at workshops every couple of months to obtain approval from Council to continue moving forward with community engagement and market studies. 

The first two public meetings were held on October 16 and 17, 2017, and allowed 200 attendees to learn more about the community engagement plan in greater detail and sign up for future engagement opportunities. Residents, commuters and other interested parties citywide shared hundreds of ideas and comments about stakeholders to include, events the project team should attend and/or organize to gather feedback, ways they would like to participate and provide input and general comments and suggestions for the area. Attendees could also sign up for community input sessions that are currently underway.

Following the creation of a concept, the City Council and public will have ample opportunities to weigh in. Assuming a concept is approved by the Council, development contracts and entitlements (zoning approvals) will be required prior to commencement of any construction activities.

Latest Update - Nov. 17, 2017

The 5th Avenue Steering Committee interest form is now available to download. All interest forms are due back to the City by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017. Information on how to submit the form to the City is included on the form itself.

Download interest form

Steering Committee

Per City Council direction, the 5th Avenue Steering Committee will include 15 individuals from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Two City Council members
  • Two City staff members
  • Two Ryan Companies representatives
  • Two residents from the Park Addition subdivision
  • One resident from the Pilgrim's Addition subdivision
  • One resident from ECHO
  • One resident from WHOA
  • One at-large representative - Mayor Emeritus A. George Pradel
  • One representative of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation
  • One commuter
  • One representative of the Senior Task Force

Resident and stakeholder representatives will be selected by the population they represent via a caucus method or as determined by the individual neighborhoods.

Interested individuals can now apply to be selected for the Steering Committee by downloading an interest form and returning it to the City via the methods listed on the form by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Download interest form

Working Groups

The 5th Avenue Steering Committee will decide the topics and focus for the individual, in-depth working groups. Please check back in early 2018 for more information about these groups and how to apply to be part of them.

Community Input Sessions

Ryan Companies and City staff are hosting a series of community input sessions. These small meetings allow participants to share their ideas, concerns and thoughts about the 5th Avenue area. The remaining sessions are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 18, 8 a.m., Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (10 spots open)
  • Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 a.m., Naperville Municipal Center lunchroom (17 spots open)

If you are interested in joining an input session, or for more information on locations for the above meetings, visit www.FifthAvenueDevelopment.com.  

View Input Session Recaps

October 16 and 17 Meeting Comments

Below are comments received from attendees at the October 16 and 17 community meetings. The comments are listed both as they were received, ungrouped, as well as grouped by theme.

A formal meeting summary is at www.fifthavenuedevelopment.com.

Meeting Comments (Ungrouped)
Meeting Comments (Grouped by Theme)