Reopening of Charlestowne Mall Could be Delayed

Developers said last week the grand re-opening of the Charelestowne Mall in St. Charles may not happen until fall 2015, which is six months later than originally planned, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The developer has had some issues in "securing commitments with future tenants," and is also dealing with scheduling construction work around current anchors at the nearly-vacant mall, according to the article. 

California-based developer Krausz Companies plans to break ground later this summer at the mall, which will be renamed "The Quad," the Chicago Tribune reports. 

The above information was updated on June 24. 
Posted on April 2, 2014

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The following information comes for a city of St. Charles press release. 

As developers work on plans to reconfigure the Charlestowne Mall and relaunch it as "The Quad St. Charles" by next fall, exterior construction is slated to start this summer. 

The proposed plans for The Quad St. Charles include:

  • Keeping the building as an enclosed shopping mall
  • Removing the vacant former Sears anchor store
  • Removing and relocating the food court
  • Reconfiguring the front entrances to the mall and movie theater to create a new "front" to the mall building
  • Additional retail/commercial buildings around the mall, including outlot buildings along Main Street (Illinois Route 64)
  • No changes to the detention basins or landscaping along the north property line of the mall
If plans move forward, work this year would include demolition of the former Sears building and the existing food court, site utility work and parking lot construction to regrade portions of the property, according to a city of St. Charles press release. 

Later this year, when the exterior work is completed, construction will begin on interior of the mall, with the goal of completing all work to the mall building by Fall 2015. 

The developers are also working to coordinate parking and access to the anchor stores and theater, which will remain open during the duration of the construction.

What's Next?: City Council to Review Site Plans 

On Nov. 4, the city council approved an amendment to the Charlestowne Mall Planned Unit Development (PUD) to change the zoning requirements for the site. The City also approved a conceptual site plan

Before any construction begins, PUD preliminary plans will need to be reviewed, starting with the overall site and later for each out lot building. The review process for Preliminary Plans includes a review and recommendation by Plan Commission and approval by City Council, but does not require a public hearing.

The plans were recommended for approval by the Plan Commission on March 18, 2014, and are scheduled for review by the Planning and Development Committee of the City Council on April 14, 2014. 

The developer has also submitted a subdivision application to create a building lot for the existing theater. The remaining portions of the Preliminary Plan, including building architectural elevations for the mall building, landscape plans, lighting plans and signage plans, will be submitted for review in late June or early July.

Ellabulldog June 25, 2014 at 07:07 AM
we'll see if they do anything, no demand for retail over on that side of town, someone is going to lose $$$ and a lot of it on this if they don't have tenants lined up or some great plan to make people want to drive over that way.
Colin C. June 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Saw a very interesting post on FB the other day on a business site I subscribe to. It was pictures of maybe ten or twelve malls, similar to the one in St. Charles, all totally abandoned; grass growing up in the parking lots, vandalism, decrepit, and totally depressing. Brick and mortar stores are declining. I wish the best for the new owners but I do not have much hope for their success.
mcf June 27, 2014 at 04:34 PM


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