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City of Warrenville
28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
Ph: 630-393-9427
Cantera Development
Cantera signCantera, formerly a 650-acre limestone quarry, is a bustling business mecca anchoring the nationally recognized research and development corridor that runs through DuPage County. Through a unique private-public partnership established in the 1980s, Warrenville was able to develop the depleted quarry into a business, residential, and entertainment / retail development.

Prep for Development Begins
In 1988 the Warrenville Development Limited Partnership (WDLP) formed in order to invest tax increment financing (TIF) dollars to fund the extreme development costs (about $60 million) associated with making an old quarry site attractive to developers.

Located in the southeast quadrant of Warrenville, the gravel pit had been an active mining site since the late 1950’s and home to a ready-mix concrete batching plant. The land was severely scarred by the mining operation and the site needed extension of water and sewer infrastructure, expansion of a local sewage treatment, massive grading, addition of wells and water storage, creation of an interchange from Interstate 88, and local roadway development.

Businesses & Employers
Today, the project, named Cantera (Cantera means "quarry" and "hub of a wheel"), has become Warrenville’s largest employer. The vision for Cantera was a "city within a city." Cantera now headquarters:
  • EN Engineering
  • Exelon Nuclear
  • FuelTech
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 701 of DuPage County
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Patterson Medical
  • Phonak Hearing Systems
  • RR Donnelley

The Cantera project also includes a Regal Cantera Stadium 17 & RPX, Main Event Entertainment, many restaurants, a Super Target store, five hotels, a Life Time Fitness center, five banks, a daycare center, numerous corporate offices, two residential complexes, Cadence Cancer Center, and the first proton therapy cancer treatment center in the State of Illinois. Thousands of new jobs have been made available, both through the construction and location of businesses, to the area's highly skilled and educated workforce.

Tax Revenue
With Cantera, Warrenville’s daytime population has reached approximately 25,000 people, just over twice its permanent population (13,363). The new tax base produces approximately $9.5 million in property tax revenue annually, a jump from $7,347 in the late 1980s. Ultimately, the project will provide a large property tax revenue windfall to the overlapping taxing districts – doubling the city’s EAV. The development has provided 95% of the capital TIF funds to do the public buildings, parks, and playgrounds. The project allowed the City to eliminate administratively burdensome revenue generating user fees such as vehicle stickers and has helped the City maintain the lowest water rates in the county. The massive amount of construction provided a strong and steady stream of revenue in the form of building permits and water connections, which helps finance water and sewer extensions to the rest of Warrenville.

Cantera offers many amenities to Warrenville residents and citizens of surrounding communities alike. It is a place of business, commerce, and entertainment. It provides a destination for people to work and play without disrupting the peaceful, friendly community atmosphere that Warrenville residents have come to cherish.

Cantera General Site Plan and Additional Resources

Contact Information
For more information about the Cantera Development contact the Community Development Department at (630) 393-9050.