5th Avenue Project
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
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.
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 - May 25, 2018
The six working groups will come together for a combined, interactive meeting open to the public on Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. This will be a chance to hear more about the groups’ findings, ask questions of working group participants, and provide feedback and comments via a public forum. Meeting materials will be made public no later than June 1.
To provide an additional opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn more about the 5th Avenue Project and efforts of the working groups, an open house has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 4 in Council Chambers. During this time, the public can speak with working group members and City and Ryan staff to have questions addressed one-on-one and provide input.
- Stakeholder Meetings
Ryan Companies is currently scheduling meetings with a variety of community stakeholders to receive input regarding the 5th Avenue Project.
- 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 next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 12 at 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A of the Naperville Municipal Center.
- Council Workshops
The most recent Council workshop on 5th Avenue took place on May 15.
Please note that there will not be a separate 5th Avenue workshop on Tuesday, June 19, which was when the next workshop was scheduled to take place. Moving forward, the 5th Avenue topic will be 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.
As such, the 5th Avenue topic will be part of the regular City Council meeting taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 at the Naperville Municipal Center.