Charlestowne Mall (The Quad)
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.
The conceptual 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) ordinance to change the requirements for building size/location, parking, signs, landcaping, building design, access and subdivision in order to accommodate the proposal. The City also approved a Conceptual Site Plan to demonstrate the design intent of the project.
Before any construction begins, PUD Preliminary Plan applications will need to be submitted for the overall site and each new building. PUD Preliminary Plans include site engineering plans, building architectural elevations, and detailed landscape plans. The review process for a Preliminary Plan includes a review and recommendation by Plan Commission and approval by City Council, but does not require a public hearing.
Update to Planning and Development Committee- February 10, 2014:
Chuck May, project manager, stated that 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. They are working to finalize the redevelopment plans and the construction phasing and expect to apply for plan approvals from the City within the next two months. Meanwhile, the development 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 spring, with the goal of completing all 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.
The developers expect to appear before the City Council more frequently in coming months to provide regular updates as various portions of the project are presented for approval.
For more information on the project, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (630) 377-4443.