5th Avenue Project

Updated Design Concept Now Available

Ryan Companies has provided an updated design concept for the 5th Avenue Project to the City Council for its consideration. 

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To facilitate discussion on this new concept, a meeting of the 5th Avenue Steering Committee will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Meeting Room B of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Public comment is welcomed at the Steering Committee meeting, and the agenda is now available to view by clicking 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 previously was the focus of a 2009 planning area study and other feasibility studies.

The City is 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 July 2019

5th Avenue timeline

In beginning the 5th Avenue development process, the City sought a developer who could best guide it through this process, including community engagement. The selection process began as a procurement, and on February 21, 2017, the City Council approved the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 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 2017 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. 

Community Engagement

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The first two public meetings about the project were held on October 16 and 17, 2017, and allowed 200 attendees to learn more about the initial community engagement plan in greater detail and sign up for future engagement opportunities. Following these meetings, smaller group input sessions allowed over 160 residents, commuters and business owners to share their ideas through nine sessions.

Throughout the winter of 2017-18, a 15-member Steering Committee was formed to help provide Ryan Companies with community input and direction throughout the project. Six working groups were also assembled to complete a more in-depth analysis of topics raised by the community during the fall 2017 input sessions and create a series of principles that could be used to help guide design concept creation. At the same time, market and technical (e.g. traffic, parking, environmental) data were gathered to provide a baseline for concept development.

A Land Use and Height Survey was issued in spring 2018 to gather feedback from interested stakeholders and the general public on these important topics. The efforts of the working groups and initial survey results were discussed at a combined working group meeting on June 4, 2018. The concept principles were introduced at this time and ultimately refined by the Steering Committee and City Council before being approved on July 17, 2018. At that time, the City Council gave approval for Ryan Companies to move forward with concept creation.

Concept Creation

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Concept creation involved taking all the information and data gathered during the community engagement phase of the project and developing concepts for what development along 5th Avenue would look like. The concept principles developed by the working groups and Steering Committee helped guide those concept drawings. 

Concept creation will involve three phases – creation, baseline concept creation, and finalization – with community input every step of the way. Read more about the concept creation process.

Throughout this process, the City is separately evaluating concepts and their impacts through the use of an independent, third-party consultant. This consultant was obtained through the City’s standard procurement process and will serve as an advocate throughout the concept evaluation stage and beyond. S.B. Friedman was selected as the City Advocate at the October 16, 2018, City Council meeting and presented an initial report at the December 4, 2018 City Council meeting. 

2018 and 2019 

On September 18, 2018, City Council tabled all efforts related to the 5th Avenue Project until the following could be provided:

  • Guidance from City’s Advocate (provided 12/4/18)
  • City staff recommendation on commuter parking (provided 11/20/18)
  • Recommendation from the Fair Housing Advisory Commission (received and approved 4/3/19)
  • Recommendations from DCM Working Group (announced 5/17/19)

With all the above completed, staff recommended in early summer 2019 that the City Council reconvene discussion to provide policy direction needed on the six outstanding issues identified by the public and 5th Avenue Steering Committee relative to the 5th Avenue Project, including traffic, parking, pedestrian crossing, the Kroehler lot, green space, and land use. Council voted to discuss these issues at a workshop that took place on July 15, 2019. At that workshop, City Council reached consensus on moving forward with the 5th Avenue Project and provided direction to Ryan Companies on several outstanding policy questions. In addition, since the Steering Committee was first formed, several events occurred that required re-evaluation of the committee's make-up. 

On Oct. 1, 2019 the City Council discussed the 5th Avenue Project baseline concept and whether to direct Ryan Companies to move forward with the baseline concept for more detailed study as well as to prepare key business terms. After hearing from 40 members of the public and discussing the topic at length, the City Council voted 6-3 not to move forward with the baseline concept. 

City Council subsequently decided on November 5, 2019 to hold a future Council workshop to discuss City Council goals for the 5th Avenue development, articulate specific changes and measures that should be made to the baseline concept, and consider all resident testimony received by Council to date.

2020

In late January, Ryan Companies provided an updated design concept for the 5th Avenue Project to the City Council for its consideration. To facilitate discussion on this new concept, a meeting of the 5th Avenue Steering Committee will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Meeting Room B of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. 

A City Council workshop to discuss the updated design concept and overall 5th Avenue Project is scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center. 

Contracts and Entitlements

Assuming a concept is approved by the Council, development contracts and entitlements (zoning approvals) will be required prior to commencement of any construction activities.

Updated Design Concept and Upcoming Steering Committee Meeting

Ryan Companies has provided an updated design concept for the 5th Avenue Project to the City Council for its consideration. 

View Updated Design Concept

To facilitate discussion on this new concept, a meeting of the 5th Avenue Steering Committee will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Meeting Room B of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Public comment is welcomed at the Steering Committee meeting, and the agenda is now available to view by clicking here.

Recap of September 2019 Baseline Concept Public Meeting

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the 5th Avenue Steering Committee hosted a public meeting to present the baseline concept created by Ryan Companies for the 5th Avenue Project. The meeting was an opportunity for the public to hear a presentation on the concept and provide input. 

View Public Meeting Video

View Public Meeting Summary

View Presentation PDF