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Downtown St. Charles Temporary Parking Lot Nears Completion

City says construction of 50-space lot along 1st Street is on target for completion next week.

Construction of a temporary parking along the Fox River near Main and 1st streets is on schedule for completion next week, according to the city.

St. Charles Development Engineering Division manager Chris Tiedt said Wednesday afternoon construction of the 50-space temporary parking lot, which started in late August, should be done soon.

Martam Construction Inc. is the contractor on the project, and early Wednesday afternoon was out with roller, compacting and flattening the material that will lie beneath the asphalt paving. At the same time, a small Bobcat front-end loader was on site, cleaning up the edges of the new parking lot.

“They should be wrapping up next week,” Tiedt said. “They are on schedule.”

According to the city, the project will include an asphalt walkway along the east side of 1st Street to provide access from Main Street to the parking lot. When it announced the project, the city also said the owners of the property, which is at the southeast corner of Main and 1st streets, will remove the chain-link construction fence and replace it with a new decorative fence.

During construction, a handicapped parking space on the east side of 1st Street has not been available, but the city said it would be relocated to the new parking lot.

Henry James September 13, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Although I too would love the open space, the reality is eventually something needs to go there to help the downtown and help the TIF. We need to remember there is a TIF on this project and if nothing happen there to generate tax revenue we the people pay for it. With that being said, what I would like to see is sell the property off in parcels, develop design guidelines and let individual developers come in and develop the sites. No more than 3 stories high and no fake facades. Geneva has done this and it has work really done a nice job with the new complimenting the old. I also think this would allow for more open space along the river. We may still be eating some of the TIF but it is much more doable than having to pay for most of it. I for one never want to see a 4 or 5 story monster building on that site and yes I would be willing to pay a little more tax to make sure that never happens, because I do think it would hurt downtown to have that right along the river.
Sharon September 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Yes. Make it a park!
Pam September 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
What a complete waste of riverside property.
Lois Lane September 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Could you be more specific, Pam, what is a waste? The park, the parking lot, the hole in the ground that used to be the Manor??
Pam September 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
The parking lot, Lois. .

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