5th Avenue Project

Apply Today for a 5th Avenue Working Group

Applications are now available for the six 5th Avenue working groups being assembled to provide in-depth input and research on various topics related to the project. Click here for an application form, or visit the 5th Avenue Working Groups webpage.

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.

The City is now 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 January 18, 2018

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.

An updated community engagement plan with dates and timelines from the first few months of the engagement process was provided in January 2018.

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 - February 21, 2018

On February 20, the City Council voted to allow Ryan Companies to continue moving forward with community engagement efforts over the next two months. This includes forming working groups to perform in-depth analysis and input on topics of interest to the project. Please view the City Council Workshop and Working Groups sections below on this page for more information on these topics.

Working Groups

Applications are now being accepted for the 5th Avenue Project working groups, which will provide in-depth analysis and recommendations in the areas of land use, storm water, pedestrian safety and connectivity, traffic and transportation, and parking. All applications are due to the City, using instructions provided on the application form, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2. More information on these groups is available on the 5th Avenue Working Groups webpage.

Apply for a Working Group

Stakeholder Meetings

Ryan Companies is currently scheduling meetings with a variety of community stakeholders to receive input regarding the 5th Avenue Project.

View Stakeholder Action Plan

Monthly Progress Meetings

City of Naperville staff and Ryan Companies hold monthly progress meetings open to the public to discuss current and ongoing efforts related to the 5th Avenue Project. Please check back for more information about the March meeting.

Feb. 20 Council Workshop Recap

At its February 20 meeting, the City Council voted to allow Ryan Companies to continue moving forward with community engagement efforts over the next two months. At the workshop prior to the meeting, Ryan outlined the work plan for through April, including forming six working groups to provide in-depth input on topics related to the project and issuing a land use and height survey.

View workshop video

View workshop presentation

Community Input Sessions

Community input sessions took place in October and November 2017. There are no further community input sessions currently scheduled.

View Input Session Recaps

October 2017 Community Meeting Comments

Below are comments received from attendees at the October 16 and 17 community meetings. A formal meeting summary is at www.fifthavenuedevelopment.com.

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