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Old December 10th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #181
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^ I'm sorry, but last I checked I was just poking a bit of fun. If that struck a nerve, well then what can I say? I've got a Saturday to go and enjoy
no nerve struck. most of that high faluting city talk goes over the head of us simple country folk anyway. actually i get a kick out of your love of suburbia. in fact, i hope you throughly enjoyed your Saturday. Mine was great, too....even if it was spent in the snow-covered fields of suburban crab grass. You got to come out here sometime and give us a try. We'll even have the Beave and Wally show you the way around.

Cheers to you, too....with the hopes of tidings of comfort and joy. comfort and joy.



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from Wheeling's home page...

Wheeling's beginnings came as an overnight stop for travelers from Chicago who were headed to the Wisconsin Territory via the overland trail now known as Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21). The string of inns, taverns and eateries established in the 1830's was the start of what is now Wheeling's renowned Restaurant Row.


Wheeling is actually more "chicago" than much of lincoln park...(today, that is)


read up on your Cook County history UP
Oh please, hardly anything in Wheeling is over 50 years old. Calling it more "Chicago" than much of Lincoln Park is obsurd. Wheeling is an aging, ugly sprawl burb with a sprinkeling of popular resturants along a suburban strip. Granted it looks a lot better after a bit of streetscaping, but still resembels almost nothing in relation to Chicago. For the record, yes I have family that used to live there.
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A ‘unique’ plan for 40 new condos

By Ames Boykin

Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New condominium plans are on the horizon in downtown Des Plaines.

Officials with Des Plaines-based R. Franczak & Associates want to build a six-story, loft-style building with 40 units at the site of a parking lot it owns on Prairie Avenue.

The builder will bring the plan before the city council’s community development committee Thursday.

Plans show a building with an urban design, officials said. “It’s a very unique building with a downtown feel,” said Ray Franczak, an owner in the firm.

If approved by the city, work is expected to begin in the spring.

There is some debate over whether first-level parking plans for the building proposed at 1382 Prairie Ave. would require a zoning change, officials said.

Under the property’s current zoning, there can be no residential use below the second level, Franczak said.

Franczak said he doesn’t believe that parking is a residential use, but that will be up to city officials.

Franczak in 2004 won a bidding war to buy the old Des Plaines Public Library and built a condominium development there. As part of its $5 million bid, the developer offered the city the 44-space parking lot at 1382 Prairie Ave. as part of the deal.

But city officials declined the parking lot deal.

The building will meet the city’s required 1.5 parking spaces per unit. Franczak also said he hopes to lease an additional 20 parking spaces from Des Plaines at a nearby city-run lot — which would give the development two parking spaces for each unit, he said.

Since 1990, Franczak has developed more than 20 condo buildings in the area.
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Old December 29th, 2006, 07:21 AM   #184
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Oh please, hardly anything in Wheeling is over 50 years old. Calling it more "Chicago" than much of Lincoln Park is obsurd. Wheeling is an aging, ugly sprawl burb with a sprinkeling of popular resturants along a suburban strip. Granted it looks a lot better after a bit of streetscaping, but still resembels almost nothing in relation to Chicago. For the record, yes I have family that used to live there.

a 17 story Westin just opened up in Wheeling this year. And the town is planning an entirely new town center to be built around its train station.


for what it's worth.


And my point about Lincoln Park is that it is home to many transplants to the area, whereas Wheeling is home to many transplants from the city.
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Market Street West Condominiums
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^I have seen that in person. It is the center picece of a new urbansit development with rowhouses, condos and a dash of retail next to the Metra Station, which is located about exactley where the viewer of that rendering would be. Pretty good development overall, although more retail would be better. The only commercial space available is what you see in the rendering.

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a 17 story Westin just opened up in Wheeling this year. And the town is planning an entirely new town center to be built around its train station.


for what it's worth.


And my point about Lincoln Park is that it is home to many transplants to the area, whereas Wheeling is home to many transplants from the city.
Yes, I am aware of the 17 story westin on the edge of town. 2 years ago it was an vacant horse stable. I have read up on the new "town center", which would help as the Metra Station sits in a suburban industrial park.

And I still don't understand your point. Little Village is also full of transplants, but does that make it any less Chicago? The city's neighborhoods have a long history of shifting populations and demographics.
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Let's just say that it'd be a hell of a lot easier to find folks rooting for non-Chicago sports teams in many near north side neighborhoods than in a place like Wheeling.

Wheeling is a pretty diverse place, along Dundee Ave you can find Polish delis, Mexican Taquerias, Arab food at the Pita Inn, Indian grocery stores etc.

In some ways that stretch of Dundee is sort of a northern version of Dempster Ave...

I just don't think Wheeling is the poster child for a "sprawl burb"... in fact it seems like a case of an urbanizing Cook County burb. Same goes for other towns such as Palatine, which has a population density over 5,000 per square mile.



It seems to me to be a very good reflection of Chicago....or at least Chicagoland.
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and check out the Mayor of Wheeling...I'm betting he has more of a Chicago accent than pretty much 99% of people in either Lincoln Park or Kane County.

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Itasca now reaching for new heights

By Kat Zeman

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Posted Monday, January 22, 2007

Some call it progress. Others merely consider it change.

But no matter what you call it, Itasca’s downtown will soon undergo some level of transformation.

Recent modifications to local zoning laws now allow taller buildings and more uses to attract new development — though village leaders have imposed guidelines to keep downtown Itasca’s unique architectural character intact.

Pioneering that change are Carole Marcinkus of Addison and Dino Gavanes of St. Charles. They’re the first to redevelop their property under the new laws.

For the past 15 years, the duo has owned the one-story Premier Risk Services building on the southeast corner of Walnut and Orchard streets. Now a new building is under construction that will rise to four stories and be the tallest structure downtown when it’s completed in about six months.

“I do feel that our building is going to be the premier building,” Marcinkus said. “I think it will open some doors for other businesses in the area.”

Plans call for retail and office space on the first floor with the Premier Risk Services offices on the second floor. Four luxury condominiums are slated for the third floor and three penthouse condos for the fourth.

Gavanes said someone has made a casual inquiry with the village about opening a tearoom on the first floor, but no tenants have been signed yet.

Still, local leaders said they hope this development will spur others.

“I’m grateful that they wanted to make this investment,” Mayor Gigi Gruber said. “They are the kickoff building for downtown.”

Gruber said developers are more likely to invest in first-floor retail space if allowed to build condos or office space on upper levels to support it.

To that end, the village is now allowing developers — assuming certain design guidelines are met — to build up to five stories on Irving Park Road from the Interstate 290 overpass to about Walnut Street, and up to four stories on Walnut from Center to Line streets.

In some suburbs, the addition of a four- or five-story building wouldn’t cause much of a ripple. But when that’s something new, as in Itasca, some people resist the change.

“I know a lot of the old-timers don’t want to see it change,” said Sally Clark, owner of the Itasca Barber Salon that sits along the newly zoned strip of Irving Park Road. “But if you don’t change with the times, you get swallowed up.”

Clark, who said she’s been following the strategic planning sessions for downtown, likes the changes. She also hopes for more retail.

Other downtown residents think five stories is just too tall for their neighborhood.

“I personally do not like it,” said Jennifer Swets. “I moved here because it was a bedroom community. I think five stories will not fit into the architectural design.”

Despite such feelings, village leaders said they believe Itasca needs larger developments to make downtown more attractive to both residents and outsiders.

So far, no other similar projects have been proposed. But village leaders said they hope that an old proposal will soon resurface.

More than a year ago, Itasca received a proposal from Hollywood Holdings LLC in Chicago to redevelop the old village hall on Walnut. The two-story building has been vacant for more than two years.

The company wanted to build a restaurant with an outside deck on the first floor and another restaurant or a banquet hall on the second floor.

But the building sits on a flood plain and all plans for development are contingent on the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which must first approve a new map for the area.

FEMA audits communities to make sure they do not allow people to build on flood plains. The agency is in the process of redrawing maps for the area, providing a better idea where the flood plain boundaries are, Gruber said.

“(FEMA) already exceeded the time frame,” she said, adding it could be days or months before FEMA adopts the new map.

Other additions that could one day appear downtown include a theater and an ice rink. Gruber said the village will consider installing an ice skating rink at Usher Park, just south of the gazebo, next year.

Another item on the wish list is for Itasca to have its own community theater or arts center. Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, a new nonprofit theater group in town, has been performing at Itasca Baptist Church but has outgrown the facility, Gruber said. But plans for its own theater are far from fruition.

As for redevelopment along the Irving Park corridor, Gruber said the village is waiting for another pioneer.

“I think everyone is kind of waiting,” she said, “to see who is going to take the lead on it.”
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River Street Plaza Hotel (unofficial name)
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Aurora



Includes 300 suites, 400 parking spaces, day spa, 40,000 sq. ft. of retail on two floors (including a book store), and green roofs, minus the convention center for now.

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Also, an interesting project on the east side of the river from Sho-deen, Inc. It's a serious proposal, but I don't know if it will actually happen, or at this scale at least.


18 new buildings
900 units
100,000 sq. ft .of retail

This info comes from openlineblog.com. They do a good job of covering Aurora projects and revealing problems with the city.
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aurora has so much potential....
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Investors give downtown Aurora a boost

January 21, 2007
BY DAVID GARBE Staff Writer

On Monday, Lennie Loberg got up sometime around 4 a.m. It was his first day in business, and no time to be sleeping.

He'd spent the last two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing for this day, when he could finally open Lennie's New York Deli in downtown Aurora.
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Dan Hites examines the windows of an old building he bought recently on River Street in downtown Aurora. He plans to turn the first floor into retail space and the upper floors into apartments. Hites is one of several investors who are working to improve downtown Aurora properties.

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Employees at Lennie's New York Deli in Aurora wait on a customer on Wednesday. The urban-style eatery opened last week at 37 W. New York Street.
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Well before dawn, the door to his premium sandwich shop at 37 W. New York Street building was open.

Since he hadn't told anyone but a few friends about the opening, the breakfast crowd was non-existent. Loberg headed outside to give copies of his menu to pedestrians headed to work at the casino a few doors down.

The menus -- and maybe the neon sign -- did the trick.

By lunchtime, customers were lining up as Loberg, his children and several hired hands prepared sandwiches and bowls of hot soup as fast as they could.

"I'd say I had a pretty great first day," Loberg said, and his cash flow picked up as the week went on.

Not so many years ago, such an encouraging experience would have been unlikely for a newcomer, especially in a row of buildings once known only for run-down taverns.

Today, almost every building in Loberg's block has been gutted and restored to its historic charm, and owners like Loberg expect things to keep improving as money from large developers, the city and dozens of small investors gushes into the area.

Less than a week before Loberg's opening, the same kind of optimism filled the air at a ribbon-cutting for the Aurora Business Center, an office complex retrofitted into a former YWCA building at 31 W. Downer Place.

The building is owned by board game designer Carol Rehtmeyer, who bought the building to house her multi-million dollar company in 2004 and has been renovating it ever since.

The building she showcased for the Chamber of Commerce ceremony has become a swank complex of about 20 small companies, the daytime home to more than 100 professionals who see themselves as the new generation of downtown stakeholders.

"They want a place that has appeal and that they will fell proud to come to," Rehtmeyer said of her lessees -- some of whom have also purchased condos in the residential buildings nearing completion two blocks away.

Meanwhile, across the street, long-time Chicago developer Dan Hites has begun looking for bids on the restoration of the second and third downtown Aurora buildings he has purchased.

Those would be the conjoined pair of red brick buildings at Downer Place and River Street, where Hites intends to build luxury loft apartments in the vacant upper floors.

The ground floor will retain its existing tenant, the law firm of Lindner, Speers & Reuland, Hites said, and some vacant storefront space will be renovated to a retail use.

A few blocks away on Galena Boulevard, the reconstruction of a former auto body shop should be finished within a few weeks, adding six new storefronts to be leased as retail or office space.

John Othman, the North Aurora real estate broker who led the redevelopment with a private investor, said he has several companies considering lease agreements for the building.

Another developer has begun to negotiate the purchase of the Hobbs building on Galena, a historic building noted for its onion dome and history of anemic redevelopment proposals. The new potential buyer, city reviewers said, seems capable of the task.

Moving east, the past year has seen newcomer restaurant La Quinta de los Reyes turn into a social nexus on New York Street, thanks to frequent events and at-your-table salsa preparation.

Co-owner Jesus Sanchez is renovating the building next door to expand the restaurant.

New entrepreneurs have bought up several more buildings on Broadway and LaSalle Streets, but one of the most indicative shifts is the ongoing conversion of the Downer Place Lofts from apartments into condos.

The first modern residential redevelopment attempted in downtown, the Lofts failed to sell as condos when they were built in 1996. Most of the building's 44 units were put back on the market a year ago, and about 20 have sold so far.

Having those relatively affluent residents in the neighborhood -- and the hundreds expected to move into the condos being built by developer Joseph Vantreese this year -- should give the downtown economy a major boost, said the city's downtown development chief Karen Christensen.

Simply from a marketing standpoint, she said, the sheer scale of Vantreese's project and the even larger scale of plans by developer Kent Shodeen for another high-rise project are helping fuel strong confidence in downtown.

"One problem we have faced for years is projects that people talked about and then nothing happened with them," Christensen said. "Now there's enough happening that people can see it's not the city cheerleading. There's just more buzz."

One project that will have to remain in the "talk" phase for the foreseeable future is Roundhouse owner Scott Ascher's proposal to build a condo building on a portion of his parking lot.

Ascher presented architectural plans to the public and city, but recently said the city is not willing to relocate the existing bus terminal as required for the project.

Perhaps the only thing the neighborhood is getting less enthused about is the plan by Waubonsee Community College to demolish almost an entire block of storefronts on River Street to erect a new campus.

The proposed campus's closest neighbors, Rehtmeyer and Hites, are among a growing number of downtown business people who have begun to oppose Waubonsee Community College's plans to build a new campus that would occupy almost an entire block on River Street.

The two investors tend to disagree on how they envision the neighborhood a decade from now (Rehtmeyer is looking for traditional upscale development, while Hites is looking for a more artsy vibe), but both agree they'd rather not see such a prime commercial parcel consumed by a school.

Owners of downtown shops and eateries said Waubonsee students rarely or appear in front of cash registers outside the campus bookstore, a trend businesses don't expect will change.

"(Waubonsee) already has a campus that does nothing for the downtown," said Rehtmeyer, suggesting that a private commercial use of the land would be much better for the economic health of the neighborhood.

Rehtmeyer has a significant personal stake in the matter as well: the parking lot used by most of the professionals in her building is among the land Waubonsee is seeking to get from the city.

But she said, her biggest concern is preserving a path for economic development upon which the downtown's future depends.

The buzz has to continue, she said: "we need something that's going to be exciting."
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River trail's gap to close in Aurora
Three-way pact plans to get $1.7 million to finish long-stalled Fox River project

By Rhianna Wisniewski
Special to the Tribune
Published January 17, 2007, 10:08 PM CST

Bikers on the 60-mile Fox River Trail, now forced into traffic in downtown Aurora because of a gap in the path, may be able to pedal in safety from Oswego to Wisconsin in the next few years.

A $1.7 million project to complete the path has been agreed to by Aurora, the Kane County Forest Preserve District and Fox Valley Park District, and construction may start next year.

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The 1.3-mile gap, which begins at the Virgil Gilman Trail, continues north to the southern end of the Fox River Trail's west branch, just north of Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora.

"We own most of the trail," said Monica Meyers, executive director of the Kane County Forest Preserve District. "We recognize the gap and we want to have that closed."

Ed Barsotti, a consultant for the city on the project and executive director for the League of Illinois Bicyclists, plans to lead 140 league members on a seven-day bicycling trip in June that will begin and end on the Fox River Trail.

"We're bringing people to downtown Aurora, but unfortunately, the trail is not there, so we'll have to fudge our way," Barsotti said.

The three partners hope to work with current and future developers in Aurora's downtown, such as Waubonsee Community College, to complete the northern portion of the gap. Waubonsee plans on building a downtown campus just north of Galena Boulevard.

"I think this is going to be such an amenity for the city," Barsotti said. "The developers recognize that this is something that draws people and makes this a more desirable place to live."

As proof, he pointed to Elgin's makeover of its portion of the trail, which now runs directly through that downtown district, bringing with it potential customers.

"It helps to gain support in downtown development and I think the same could be true in Aurora," Barsotti said.

This is the second go-round for the project, which was started nearly 15 years ago and then shelved because of what Meyers calls "insurmountable challenges." The $583,000 grant secured in 1995 for the project was not enough to cover the estimated cost, Barsotti said.

It was the recent increase in downtown development and a growing population, coupled with Meyers' joining the Forest Preserve District staff in 2004, that revived the project.

This time, the partners have used funds from the original grant to complete the first phase of engineering. If awarded, a new grant would pay for 80 percent of the first portion of the project.

"We have an urgency and a need to address this," said Jim Palmquist, director of planning and development and grants with the Fox Valley Park District. "This is the missing link. There is increased attention in the lack of connectivity because the trails are in increasingly higher demand. This is a vital project."

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Shodeen alters plan for east bank project

January 11, 2007
BY ANDRE SALLES Staff Writer

AURORA -- High-rise towers full of condos. New streets that wind through storefronts full of shops and offices. Parks and archways and fountains.

This concept was unveiled Wednesday for Kent Shodeen's development on the east bank of the Fox River in downtown Aurora. And while it may look like a lot of things, one thing it doesn't resemble at all is downtown Aurora.
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Kent Shodeen's new concept plan for the east side of the Fox River in downtown Aurora differs from the January 2006 development agreement in some significant ways. Here's a look at some of them, by the numbers:

• Acres of land -- 33.6, up from 26.6

• Residential units -- Between 900 and 2,000, up from an estimated 650

• Commercial space -- 225,000 square feet, up from 125,000 square feet

• Project cost -- $600 million, up from $500 million first estimate

• City's stake -- $11 million, up from $6 million

"This project is going to remake downtown," said David Dorgan, chief development consultant with Seize the Future, a group involved in plans for revitalizing Aurora.

Dorgan has been working closely with Shodeen's company to bring this project to fruition, and looking at the concept drawings, it's hard to argue. If the projected $500 million to $600 million plan is built as drawn, it will look like nothing else around it.

The plan includes 18 new buildings, to be built on 33.6 acres between the river to the west, Broadway to the east, North Avenue to the south and Benton Street to the north. In between these buildings would be several new streets, and areas for parks and community events. And the area would in a sense be centered around the existing railroad line, which Shodeen hopes to reopen.

Part of the goal, according to Sho-Deen Inc. President David Patzelt, is to establish North Avenue as the true southern gateway to the downtown. The concept plan envisions a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, with lots of off-street parking for residents and guests. Many of the residential buildings will include green roofs and courtyards, which Patzelt says are environmentally friendly and provide space for recreation.

The plans have changed somewhat from the original concept Shodeen delivered last January. The developer now wants to increase the residential units he hopes to build from 650 to a minimum of 900, and increase the amount of originally planned commercial space by a maximum of 100,000 square feet.

In order to do this, he'll have to acquire some more property and do some more environmental remediation. Shodeen is still in the process of obtaining a clean bill from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the rest of the site and has sunk more than $3.5 million into moving dirt and testing for contaminants.

That's why, according to Patzelt, the company will approach city aldermen today to request a renegotiation of the development agreement. The newly drafted revision would up the city's stake in the project from $6 million to $11 million. This includes reimbursements for several specialized projects, like creating new parks and building a 350-space public parking deck.

Aldermen today will get a look at the concepts for the site, a project that Patzelt said could take 10 to 15 years to fully construct.

Patzelt is excited about the rail line running through the property and the possibilities that opens up. Sho-Deen Inc. has been in talks with the Regional Transportation Authority, Metra and Pace to revitalize the train stop, putting to use the old Burlington depot.

The new agreement, if approved, would cap the city's stake in renovating the depot at $1.5 million, but only after Shodeen puts in $1.5 million of his own. After that, any additional expenses would belong to the developer, who has already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars just determining what could be done with the building.

Patzelt pointed out that the line running through the Shodeen site is the same one connecting Aurora to Montgomery and Oswego, places he believes will need increased service from Metra in coming years. He noted that developers are now approaching railway companies to serve new residents, as opposed to rail companies asking developers to build around stations.

"I'm going to bring people in to put butts in your seats," he said, aiming his comments at the rail companies. "All you need to do is stop the train so that the butts can get on."

Also included in Shodeen's concept plan is a five-story, 200-room hotel, in line with the developer's other hotels in Kane and DuPage counties. Across the river, developer Joe Vantreese unveiled plans for his own 300-room hotel project on River Street Wednesday, beginning the development process with city staffers.

Patzelt said the hotel is not a critical part of Shodeen's project, although it has been part of the plan from the start.

Given the lengthy nature of this project, Patzelt said it would be built in phases, with areas to the north likely coming in first. He pointed specifically to an area near Broadway and Benton, which the plans show centering around a fountain and bordered by a stone arch.

Before that, though, Shodeen must finish the environmental cleanup on the site. The development agreement calls for the city and the developer to equally share the costs above the city's initial $3.5 million investment in cleanup, and that expense has no cap. Patzelt said his team is looking at specific areas of the site and determining whether they can be encapsulated, or they will need further excavation.

And Shodeen also must get the thumbs-up from aldermen on his new proposal. At a joint special meeting of the Finance and Planning and Development Committees, aldermen will consider the new agreement at 4 p.m. today. If approved, it will move on to the full council.

"We consider it a partnership," Patzelt said of Sho-Deen's dealings with the city. "We each commit to bring dollars to the table, and we'll continue to nurture this relationship as the plan plays out over 10 or 15 years."
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Get the **** out! I knew Aurora was thinking big, but I didn't think they would go all out on those urbanization plans. Kick ass, we will have another Evanston soon, and its a TOD on top of it!

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^Yeah, hopefully this plan goes forward and sells well.

I didn't see that news article, but there are a couple of other images with it


This drawing shows a street level view looking from the south of the proposed Kent Shodeen redevelopment project in Aurora. The proposal calls for shops, condos and parking facilities.


This is an artist's conception of an overhead view (looking northwest from the corner of Broadway and North Avenue) of revised plans for redevelopment on the east bank of the Fox River in downtown Aurora. Developer Kent Shodeen is proposing 18 buildings on 33.6 acres of land including a hotel, condos, offices and retail shops. He's also planning for commuter train tracks to bisect the project with a redevelopment of the Burlington Depot.


This artist's conception shows the Kent Shodeen's redevelopment project's focal point of a courtyard and fountain situated by a hotel (on the left) that includes an archway linking the structure to other buildings. This is the view from the development's north entrance.


An overview of the proposed project as it would look looking east. The conceptual drawings show the mixture of residential, commercial and office space that would follow the Fox River's contour on the east bank in Aurora.


This drawing shows the interior view of the Kent Shodeen project's courtyard and highlights the proposed builings' traditional architectual elements found in the Aurora area and the Midwest.
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how about an Aurora/Joliet/Elgin thread...? 300 burbs in one thread while evanston gets its own seems well....north shore centric....
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how about an Aurora/Joliet/Elgin thread...? 300 burbs in one thread while evanston gets its own seems well....north shore centric....
Well I created both threads, and I'm not from Evanston nor have I lived there so I don't know about "north shore centric." The only reason why I thought there might be reason for an Evanston thread is because there is a constant flow of new midrises and tall highrises that have a good chance of coming to fruition.

If you (or anyone else) thinks there's enough projects and future news to warrant another thread, then maybe it's a good idea to have one. However, remember that this thread with 300 burbs has less than 200 posts and it's over a year old, so how much activity will a thread for three suburbs have?
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