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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 in the Civic Center Core of the City (at the southeast corner of Rockwell Street and Stafford Place). The site consists of approximately 4.25 acres, has been identified by the community as a very high priority revitalization project, and is located within both the Old Town/Civic Center Subarea and the City's new Old Town/Civic Center Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District #3. The Old Town/Civic Center Subarea Plan calls for this industrially zoned, former industrial 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 proposals 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 is best suited to redevelop CCRS #1 in accordance with the goals established by the City. The RFQ/P closed on September 5, 2014.

In November of 2014, the City Council reviewed the various proposals it received in response to its RFQ/P, designated David Weekley Homes as the City’s Preferred Developer, and authorized City staff, the City Council’s Economic Development Representatives and the redevelopment attorney to negotiate a redevelopment agreement for CCRS #1 with David Weekley Homes. More information about David Weekley Homes can be found in the 2013 Builder of the Year article published in Professional Builder Magazine. (Click here for .pdf of article.)

On April 6, 2015, the City Council unanimously approved a redevelopment agreement for the property with David Weekley Homes. A full copy of the approved redevelopment agreement is available here.

On September 21, 2015, the City Council approved David Weekley Homes’ rezoning, preliminary plat of subdivision and preliminary planned unit development (PUD) special use permit, and related variations for their proposed Settlers Pointe redevelopment project on CCRS #1. The approved preliminary PUD plans illustrate the redevelopment of the 4.25-acre site with 34 small lot, detached single family homes in the $325,000-$450,000 price range.

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the Warrenville Plan Commission considered and unanimously recommended conditional approval of the final plat of subdivision and final planned unit development application materials David Weekley Homes has submitted for the proposed Settlers Pointe redevelopment project. Copies of the various documents David Weekley Homes has submitted in conjunction with their final planned unit development application include:

1. Response to City’s 1/18/16 Final PUD/Plat Review Letter dated 2/4/16.
2. Kichler Lighting Chesapeake 3 Outdoor Wall Lantern 9777BK.
3. Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Settlers Pointe Homeowners’ Association.
4. Declaration of Landscape Maintenance Agreement and Covenant.
5. Settlers Pointe Neighborhood Landscape Maintenance Plan and Calendar submitted 2/4/16.
6. Library Enhancements Sheet L-8 dated 1/29/16.
7. Founders Series Floor Plans and Elevations.
8. Settlers Pointe Capstone, Castlerock and Burgandy Floor Plans and Elevations.
9. Landscape Plan prepared by BSB Design, Inc. dated 2/4/16.
10. Fire Truck Exhibit 5 prepared by BSB Design, Inc. dated 1/28/16.
11. Final Engineering and Lighting Plans prepared by V3 Companies revised 2/5/16.
12. Plat of Vacation of Part of Mount Street prepared by V3 Companies dated 1/18/16.
13. Final Plat of Subdivision prepared by V3 Companies dated 2/3/16.
14. Driveway Slope Exhibit prepared by V3 Companies dated 2/5/16.
15. Engineer Opinion of Probable Cost prepared by V3 Companies dated 2/5/16.
16. Disposition of Comments Letter prepared by V3 Companies dated 2/5/16.

A copy of the final detailed Community Development Department Staff report and recommendation on this project can be accessed here.

The City Council approved the Final PUD documents and Final Plat of Subdivision for the proposed Settler’s Pointe redevelopment project at its March 7, 2016, meeting. A copy of the Final Plat of Subdivision/PUD ordinance for the Settlers Pointe redevelopment project can be accessed here.

4/27/16 UPDATE:
On April 27, 2016, David Weekley Homes notified the City in writing that it would not be proceeding with the development of the Settlers Pointe project, and has elected to terminate the redevelopment agreement it had entered into with the City. The City is actively communicating with multiple other residential developers active in the Chicago area regarding their interest in partnering with the City on the redevelopment of the property.

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 perform a comprehensive site investigation on the property, prepare a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) for the identified soil contamination, 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). In August of 2012, the IEPA approved the City’s proposed RAP.

As of August 1, 2014, the City had (i) completed the remediation of all known environmental contamination on CCRS #1 and (ii) submitted its Remediation Action Completion Report (RACR) to the IEPA. In December of 2014, the IEPA approved the City’s RACR and issued a draft NFR letter for residential development on CCRS #1. The approved RACR documents the City’s ongoing commitment to clean the site so it can safely accommodate residential development.

On December 14, 2015, the IEPA issued the final NFR letter for the CCRS #1 property. 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 4-28-16.)