Mar. 9, 2015
New Phase 3 plan approved, construction to start this year
The new plan for the third phase of the First Street Redevelopment project was formally approved by the City Council on March 2, following a positive recommendation by the Planning & Development Committee on Feb. 17.
The third phase covers an area bounded by First Street, Illinois Street and the Fox River, with plans for three mixed-use buildings and a 110-space parking deck. All three buildings will have ground floor retail space. Building one will have upper level office space and will be fully occupied by ALE Solutions, which currently has offices across the street at the Fox Island Square building. Buildings 2 & 3 will have residential space on their upper levels.
The parking deck will offer public parking. Private parking will be available under the buildings. The bi-level riverwalk along the river front and an east plaza across from the existing First Street plaza remain part of the site layout.
Construction is slated to begin in spring, with preliminary site work and construction of Building 1 and the parking deck planned to begin in earnest during the summer.
Anticipated construction for Building 2 is spring 2016, and spring 2017 for Building 3.
Jan. 6, 2015
New PUD Preliminary Plan proposed for Phase 3 Site
First Street Development II, LLC has filed an application for PUD Preliminary Plan approval for development of a portion of the Phase 3 site, which is the vacant riverfront property located at the northeast corner of Illinois and First Streets.
The proposed site plan includes three mixed-use buildings and a parking deck. The plan covers the portion of the site located south of the planned East Plaza and is generally located in the previously planned building footprint locations. Attached are location maps showing the building site in relation to the planned public spaces.
The plan is similar to the Concept Plan presented in January 2014, except that Building #1 is now proposed as all office on the upper floors (instead of residential use). No street level office uses are proposed in any building.
Preliminary Plan Review Process
The PUD development standards for the site were approved by the City in 2006 and revised in 2008. The Preliminary Plan process requires a developer to submit plans for review by the City to determine if the plans comply with the previously approved PUD development standards and any other zoning requirements.
The Preliminary Plans were reviewed and recommended for approval by the Historic Preservation Commission on 11/19/14 and the Plan Commission on 12/16/14. The plans will next be presented to the Planning & Development Committee of the City Council in as early as February 2015.
Public spaces around the proposed buildings
- Streets: Streetscape improvements on First St. and Illinois St. will be similar to what has been constructed along the west side of First Street, with the same hardscape materials, planter boxes, lighting and street furniture. On-street angled parking will be provided along First St. Finalized plans for the streetscape improvements will be presented later based on the final building designs. Construction of the streetscape improvements is planned to occur as each building is constructed.
- Riverwalk: The area planned for the bi-level riverwalk is unchanged. Plans will be presented later in conjunction with the plans for Building #3. With the creation of two private outdoor dining areas at the north end of Buildings #2 and #3, outdoor dining will not occupy any space along the riverwalk, which will provide for wider pedestrian pathways.
- East Plaza: An area remains reserved for the planned East Plaza, located north of Building #2. Plans for the development of the remaining Phase 3 property north of the East Plaza (up to Main St.) are unknown at this time.
Dec. 11, 2013
New Concept proposed for Phase 3 riverfront property
The developers of the First Street project, First Street Development LLC, have submitted a Concept Plan application for feedback on a revised plan for a portion of the Phase 3 property. The revised concept would modify the development plans for the portion of the project site where the River Loft and River Terrace buildings (Buildings 1, 2, & 3) had been planned, between the Fox River and First Street, directly across from the existing Plaza Parking Deck building.
The Concept Plan is scheduled to be reviewed by Historic Preservation Commission on 12/18/13, Plan Commission on 1/7/14, and Planning & Development Committee of the City Council on 1/13/14. The purpose of the Concept Plan review is to enable the developer to obtain informal input on a concept prior to spending considerable time and expense in the preparation of detailed plans and architectural drawings. The Concept Plan process also serves as a forum for citizens and owners of neighboring property to ask questions and express their concerns and views regarding the potential development.
Three new buildings are proposed: two four-story mixed use buildings fronting on First Street, with retail/restaurant/offices uses on the ground floor and rental residential on the upper floors (each building with 36 residential units) and one five-story mixed use building along the riverfront, with retail/restaurant/office uses on the ground floor and residential condominiums above (32 units). A 121 space parking deck would be constructed between the buildings, in addition to 36 parking spaces under each of the buildings intended for use by the building residents. The Concept Plan can be viewed here.
The proposed concept fits within the previously approved building footprints on the site. The planned bi-level walkway along the river and the east plaza, to be located opposite the existing plaza west of First Street, remain in the same locations. The site of Building #9, the One West Main building proposed by SMN Development, is not part of the Concept Plan proposal.
Following the conclusion of the Concept Plan process, the developer can submit an application for PUD Preliminary Plan to have the revised plan formally reviewed and approved. PUD Preliminary Plans included detailed site engineering, landscape and building architectural plans.