5th Avenue Project

5th Avenue on July 17 City Council agenda

At the Tuesday, July 17 City Council meeting, Ryan Companies will ask the City Council to move into the concept creation portion of the 5th Avenue Project. Council will also be asked to approve the concept principles to help guide those concept drawings. The agenda item for the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., can be viewed here

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 - June 28, 2018

Earlier this week, a City Council Workshop was held to provide City Council with the opportunity to participate in a more in-depth discussion about the concept principles and points of conflict identified and discussed by the working groups and Steering Committee. Several members of the 5th Avenue Steering Committee presented their recommendations at the workshop. No final decisions on the principles were made. 

At the July 17 City Council meeting, Ryan Companies will seek approval to proceed with the development of concepts for this project. Council will also be asked to approve the concept principles to help guide those concept drawings.

View Workshop Video

View Concept Principles

View Ryan Presentation and Workshop Materials

Land Use and Height Survey Results

Ryan partnered with aQity Research & Insights, with input from the 5th Avenue Steering Committee, to develop and administer the 5th Avenue Land Use and Height Survey. Over 1,300 responses were collected from March 13 through May 11, when the survey closed.

During the June 19 City Council meeting, aQity Research provided an in-depth analysis of the land use and height survey results. Below are links to the questions asked, the initial top line summary results, and the final full survey report.

Full Survey Report/Analysis

Top Line/Summary Results 

Survey Questions

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

City/Ryan Staff Progress Meetings

City of Naperville staff and Ryan Companies hold progress meetings every other month that are open to the public to discuss current and ongoing efforts related to the 5th Avenue Project. Meeting agendas will be made available the week prior to the meeting dates. 

The July 12 progress meeting has been canceled. Please check back for future progress meeting dates.

Council Workshops

In general, the 5th Avenue topic is incorporated into regular City Council meetings to allow the public more time to share feedback, the City Council more opportunity to weigh in, and more time for responses from Ryan Companies. This change allows for more information sharing than can be accomplished in a one-hour workshop timeframe and helps provide a better forum for robust, open dialogue on this topic.

However, Council workshops can be added as necessary should any component of the 5th Avenue project need to be discussed in that type of venue. There are no workshops currently scheduled at this time.