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City of Warrenville
28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
Ph: 630-393-9427
Civic Center Redevelopment Site #1
Civic Center Redevelopment Site #1 (CCRS #1) is a key City-owned property located at the southeast corner of Rockwell Street and Stafford Place, within both the Old Town/Civic Center Subarea and the City's Old Town/Civic Center Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District #3. The approximately 4.25-acre site has been identified by the community as a very high-priority revitalization project. The 2007 Old Town/Civic Center Subarea Plan called for this industrially-zoned warehouse property to be redeveloped with a pedestrian friendly, high quality, moderate density, single-family residential project (Click here for concept site plan.)

Status of City RFQ/P and Redevelopment of CCRS #1:
On July 29, 2014, the City issued a request for qualifications and proposals (RFQ/P) to solicit applications from residential developers interested in collaborating with the City on the redevelopment of CCRS #1. The goal of the RFQ/P was to identify the developer that was best suited to redevelop CCRS #1 in accordance with the goals established by the City.

In November of 2014, the City Council reviewed the various RFQ/Ps, designated David Weekley Homes (DWH) as the City’s Preferred Developer, negotiated a redevelopment agreement, and ultimately approved its final planned unit development plans in March 2016. DWH notified the City it would not be proceeding with the development on April 27, 2016, and elected to terminate its redevelopment agreement.

Since that time, the City has been actively communicating with multiple other Chicago-area residential developers regarding their interest in partnering with the City on the redevelopment of the property. On September 19, 2016, the City Council passed Resolution 2016-25, which endorsed updated City goals and objectives for residential development on Civic Center Redevelopment Site #1. 

On November 30, 2016, the Warrenville Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals held a Special Meeting for a Courtesy Review presentation of Airhart Construction’s concept plans for its proposed redevelopment of CCRS #1 with 27 small lot, detached single-family homes in a Planned Unit Development subdivision. City staff presented an overview of the site’s history and Warrenville residents provided input and questions on Airhart's presentation. A recording of the proceedings can be viewed here.

At its December 19, 2016, meeting, the City Council designated Airhart Construction as the “Preferred Developer." This designation authorizes City staff, the redevelopment attorney and real estate development advisors to begin negotiations of a redevelopment agreement and land sales agreement for CCRS #1 with Airhart Construction. The final versions of the redevelopment and land sales agreements will be presented to, discussed, and approved by the City Council at future City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings in upcoming months. Airhart Construction hopes to begin construction on its project in the summer of 2017.

Environmental Contamination (“Brownfield”) Status:
During the City’s 2007 acquisition of the largest portion of CCRS #1, it was confirmed the property was a “Brownfield” due to asbestos and PCB materials in the then existing building, and several areas of contaminated soil would need to be remediated before the property was redeveloped. Shortly after acquiring the property, the City remediated the asbestos and PCB materials and demolished the industrial building improvements. The City subsequently hired V3 Companies (V3) to help coordinate remaining site clean-up and soil remediation activities and assist in obtaining a comprehensive No Further Remediation (NFR) letter for the site from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). As of August 1, 2014, the City had completed the remediation of all known environmental contamination on CCRS #1. On December 14, 2015, the IEPA issued the final NFR letter, which allows for residential development on CCRS #1. A copy of the letter can be reviewed here.

Please contact Community Development Director Ronald Mentzer at (630) 393-9050 with any questions or concerns related to CCRS #1. (Last updated on 12-20-16.)