5th Avenue Project

5th Avenue Concepts Public Meeting Set for August 22

The initial concepts for the 5th Avenue development will be brought before the community at a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

At this meeting, it is anticipated Ryan Companies will provide a formal hour-long presentation of the first round of concepts. Following the presentation, attendees can provide feedback through an open town-hall style question and answer session or comment cards. Please note the presentation for the public meeting will be released on Monday, August 20 and made available via this 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 - August 3, 2018

At the July 17 City Council meeting, Council voted to approve the concept principles the 5th Avenue working groups and Steering Committee had compiled and directed Ryan Companies to begin design drawings. This means that Ryan Companies will now begin working on concept drawings that will be brought forth to the community, Steering Committee and City Council for several rounds of review and refinement. 

Initial concept drawings will be introduced at a public meeting on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Feedback from that meeting will be discussed at the 5th Avenue Steering Committee meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28 in Meeting Room B of the Naperville Municipal Center. 

In tandem with concept creation and refinement, the City would separately evaluate concepts and their impacts through the use of independent, third-party experts. These experts would be obtained through the City’s standard procurement process in the coming months.

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