5th Avenue Redevelopment

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The City of Naperville received eight responses on May 23, 2017, to its request for qualifications. These responses are currently being reviewed by a stakeholder scoring committee which includes community leaders, area property owners and City staff in accordance with the City of Naperville Procurement Code. The most qualified respondents will participate in interviews in July. Final recommendations of teams to continue to a detailed proposal process will be made later this summer.

The City of Naperville is considering opportunities to potentially redevelop certain properties in the immediate vicinity of the Naperville Metra Station. Successful redevelopment will reflect market conditions, economic realities and support commuter access to the train station within the context of the community and neighborhood settings. The properties include:

  • Kroehler Lot - Located at the NW corner of 5th Avenue/Loomis Street.
  • Water Tower West Site - Located at the SW 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.

This area has long been the topic of conversation about its potential to accommodate new and different uses. The area has been the subject of a planning area study completed in 2009 and subsequent feasibility studies. Copies of these documents are provided on this page.


The City of Naperville is using a two-step process to consider proposals for redevelopment of this area. 

  1. The initial focus will be on the qualifications of interested development teams through response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Successful respondents will demonstrate their capacity and experience in challenging redevelopment projects. 
  2. Assuming more than one qualified respondent is found after the RFQ effort, the City of Naperville may then issue and Request for Proposal (RFP) to appreciate the specific ideas for redevelopment of opportunity sites from qualified teams.

Anticipated Timeline

  • February 2017 – RFQ release
  • Summer 2017 – Response to RFQ due May 23, 2017. Depending on response, an RFQ respondent short-list of the most qualified teams will be created. Those on short list will be asked to submit proposals to a separate RFP
  • Fall 2017 – RFP release
  • Fall 2017 to Winter 2018 – RFP responses received and evaluated
  • Anticipated 2018– Notice to proceed

After this initial effort, detailed engineering and architectural plans will need to be prepared by selected developer for approval.  This process will include a public review in conjunction with any requested entitlements necessary (e.g. changes in zoning, variances, Planned Unit Development approvals, etc.). No construction activity is expected until 2018 or beyond. Any development will require City of Naperville approvals in accordance with Municipal Code requirements.

To obtain an official copy of the RFQ from DemandStar via the City's Procurement webpage,  visit Purchasing and Bids. Please check this site regularly for more updates.