The Water Street redevelopment project has a few more i’s to dot and t’s to cross — and a slightly new look.
Planned for a 2.4-acre site just south of the Riverwalk between Main and Webster streets in downtown Naperville, the project will bring a boutique hotel, restaurants, stores, offices and meeting space to the inner commercial district — and the developer has tweaked the blueprints for the planned unit development a little bit.
Project spokeswoman Deb Newman, owner of Deborah Newman Marketing/Communications, described the changes as “some clean up details (that include) amending some uses and adding other uses to accommodate leases we are working on with tenants,” and don’t substantially alter the plans.
Filed Aug. 1 by developer MP Water Street District LLC, the petition is required because the planned modifications would change the PUD and so must be approved by the City Council once they’ve been reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. But first, city staff members are looking them over.
“Basically they just submitted the details of the petition,” said Anastasia Urban, development manager for the city, earlier this week. “We haven’t done a thorough review of all the documents.”
Among the requested adjustments itemized in the 17-page petition is an 18 percent increase in the size of the Theatre Building, planned for the area immediately east of the existing Naperville Township offices at Webster and Water Street. The additional area, which would bring the structure to 26,992 square feet, is being requested “so as to accommodate a more usable floor plate,” the petition states.
Also being changed from the initial plans is a proposed reconfiguration of the restaurant portions of the Loggia Building, to be located in the middle of the block between the Riverwalk and Water Street, and connected to the 160-room Hotel Indigo Naperville on the Riverwalk, planned for the south side of Water Street, by a second-story pedestrian bridge.
The developer wants to adjust the permitted uses for the Loggia Building to allow a banquet and private dining area and two small conference rooms on the second floor, originally planned as the upper level of a two-story restaurant space. The petition also requests an additional 1,300 square feet for the outdoor dining portion of a restaurant to be put in on the Loggia Building’s fifth floor, and an overall 5,400-square-foot increase in the development’s restaurant allocation, bringing that use to 26,900 square feet for the various eatery spaces.
MP Water Street District is also seeking permission to decrease the area of the plaza/boardwalk from 8,679 to 8,292 square feet; add screening at various heights to the mechanical equipment that will be placed on the buildings’ roofs; extend the Riverwalk and boardwalk areas across Naperville Township property, as requested by the township; and adjust the lot lines within the designated Water Street District to accommodate the proposed changes.
While the filing asserts that the proposed modifications for the project would “maximize its use to the highest and best use of the real estate for the benefit of both the Petitioner and the community,” staff members expect to spend some time going over the adjustments before formulating their input.
“Upon review of the plan submittal, we will schedule a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider a major change to the approved Water Street PUD,” said Allison Laff, planning operations manager for the city, in an email. “(The commission’s) recommendation will be subject to final approval by the City Council.”
Newman said the developer is hoping to win the council’s blessing in October and begin work at the site before the end of the year, and Urban appears to consider the goal realistic. She said staff members are working on a time frame for forwarding their response to the petition to the advisory planning board.
“Late September is our target right now,” she said. “It’s obviously a great use for the downtown, and we’re working with them to get it ready to present to the plan commission.”Tags: construction