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". The developer/property manager is The Krausz Companies, Inc., representing new property owners SC Main 3800, LLC.

The website for The Quad St. Charles 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.

The developer is in the process of having PUD Prelimimary Plans reviewed and approved. 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.

An overall Site Plan and a Preliminary Engineering Plan were reviewed by the Plan Commission on March 18, 2014 and Planning and Development Committee of the City Council on April 14, 2014. The City Council approved the Site and Engineering Plans on May 5, 2014. A Minor Change which includes enlarging the outlots fronting on Main Street was recommended for approval by the Government Operations Committee of the City Council on July 21, 2014 and was approved by the City Council on August 4, 2014.

The remaining portions of the Preliminary Plan, including building architectural elevations for the mall building, landscape plans, lighting plans and signage plans, are anticipated to be submitted for review in August or September 2014. Plans for the outlot building lots will be submitted as each is proposed for development.

The City has also approved a subdivision application to create a building lot for the existing theater.

Construction Timeline:

Phase 1 of the project is underway. This initial phase includes relocation of mall ring road, site utility work and site grading to create lots for new freestanding buildings along Main St.

The utility installation for storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main has been completed for Phase I and is currently undergoing inspection and testing. Work still continues on relocating the mall ring road and site grading. This work is anticipated to be completed in November 2014.


Meanwhile, the development team is active behind the scenes marketing the project to prospective retailers and begining the process to secure tenant leases for a 2016 opening.

Major exterior demolition and site work around the mall building itself is planned to start in Spring 2015, including demolition of the former Sears building and the existing foodcourt. The developers are 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.