Charlestowne Mall - The Quad St. Charles

Illustrative site plan
View of southwest mall entry & theater
View of southeast mall entry & relocated food court
View of north mall entry (existing food court entry)

The Charlestowne Mall is planned to be relaunched as "The Quad St. Charles" in fall 2015. The developer/property manager is The Krausz Companies, Inc., representing new property owners SC Main 3800, LLC.

new website for The Quad St. Charles has been launched and provides updated information from the developer.

About the Project:

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.

Plan Review and Approval Process:

On November 4, 2013, 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 to demonstrate the design intent of the project.

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.

PUD Preliminary Plans have been submitted and are currently under review, including an overall Site Plan and a Preliminary Engineering Plan. 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.

Construction Timeline:

Although there is no activity going on at the site right now, the development team is active behind the scenes on moving the project forward. The team is also working to market the project to prospective retailers and begin the process to secure tenant leases. 

Construction at the site is expected to begin this summer, with the goal of completing most exterior work to the mall building during the 2014 construction season. Work this year will include demolition of the former Sears building and the existing foodcourt, site utility work and parking lot construction to regrade portions of the property. Later this year, when the exterior work is completed, work will begin in earnest to renovate the interior of the mall, with the goal of completing all work to the mall building itself to open 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.

For more information on the project, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (630) 377-4443.