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2019 City Highlights

Many good things happened in our city this past year. Here are some highlights:

Development News

  • The shopping center at East Main Street and Tyler Road (formerly Tin Cup Pass) is undergoing renovations under the new ownership. The new center will be called Stone Creek and includes a Southern Café restaurant.
  • The First Street Development project along the river nears completion, with the third and final building (adjacent to the new public plaza and riverwalk) to be completed spring 2020. Plans include first floor retail/restaurant uses, second floor office space and 15 residential condominiums. Alter Brewing will occupy the first floor and features an outdoor patio/bar overlooking the river.
  • Downtown continues to be an entertainment destination. The Arcada Theater building has new, local owners and is undergoing upgrades and renovations. The City is transferring the neighboring George’s Sports building to the same owners who plan improvements to complement the theater. Those same owners also have invested in the former Chord On Blues building at the northeast corner of Illinois & Riverside Aves. Polyanna Brewery and Flagship on the Fox now occupy the fully renovated building. And Gia Mia’s restaurant is an anticipated to open in January 2020 on the 1st Street plaza.
  • There are potential development opportunities on the former Police station site at 211 N. Riverside Ave. Concepts also have been presented for pedestrian and recreational enhancement to the riverfront in this area. The City initiated an update to the vision for the downtown in the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, focusing on the area north of Main Street, between 2nd Avenue on the east and 4th Street on the west.
  • Three retail commercial outlots are under development at the Meijer site on the southwest corner of Rt. 38 and Randall Road. One of the buildings is Wahlburgers restaurant, which is currently under construction with a soft opening anticipated in March 2020.
  • Nearby, construction continues on Prairie Center, a 27-acre multi-phase mixed use development which will include 670 residential units and up to 116,000 square feet of commercial space. One building has already been completed and the second building is nearing occupancy. Anthony Place, a 75-unit senior living building also is under construction. Construction on two more residential buildings will begin in spring 2020.

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Taxes and City Finances

  • Finance produced the City’s very first Popular Annual Financial Report to make it easier to understand City finances. Read it here.
  • Purchasing is developing a standardized contract form for vendors to enhance transparency and competitive bid opportunities.

Working Smarter

  • Finance acquired a ‘smart safe’ and changed the process for depositing daily receipts. A smart safe increases overall cash management, employee productivity and efficiency. It is designed to keep cash secure from risk of theft, counterfeit bills and human error.
  • Purchasing analyzed the entire purchasing process from identification of need through contract close out to identify areas of improvement and opportunities for efficiencies.

Securing Future Talent

  • Comprehensive workforce development planning is underway to create a succession plan for City staff.
  • A high school student job shadow program was a success. The program, in partnership with St. Charles high schools, exposed students to government careers and opportunities to intern with our engineering, public works, information systems, city administration, and finance departments.
  • Rebid the City’s benefits administration contract, which realized $12,000 annual savings.

Infrastructure Improvements

  • The Phosphorus Removal and Digester projects at the City’s Main Waste Water Treatment Plant were completed. The $14 million project included the rehabilitation of the egg-shaped digesters and the introduction of Phosphorus treatment. This is required by the EPA to improve the overall health of the Fox River and its receiving streams.
  • A new electric substation in the Legacy Business Park (near the East Side Sports Complex off Kirk Road) improves electric reliability by relieving heavily loaded circuits and providing additional contingency options for emergency restoration.
  • The 10th Street Water Tower received a new coat of paint, along with necessary steel repairs.
  • The lift station at 7th Ave. and Division was replaced and will improve reliability and wastewater capacity for the area.

Public Safety

  • The Police Department moved into the new facility at 1515 W. Main Street in September 2019, after completing the project early and under budget.
  • Two new police officers were assigned to Thompson and Wredling Middle Schools in partnership with School District 303.


  • Launched the first phase of replacing core network infrastructure by installing new equipment and extending the City’s computer network to the new Police Station.
  • Implementation of the City’s information security program to protect critical information and business processes continues.

Special Recognition

  • Showcased our beautiful city to 300 visitors from cities around the country for the America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Program.
updated Mar 18, 2020