First Street Project

About the Project

The First Street project is a mixed use downtown redevelopment project spanning five downtown blocks along First Street, in the area generally bound by Main St. (IL Rt. 64) on the north, the Fox River on the east, Prairie Street on the south, and 2nd Street (IL Rt. 31) on the west.

The first two phases of the project completed in 2009 included reconstruction of streets/sidewalks and utilities along First Street, relocation and expansion of the Blue Goose Market, construction of the 430-space parking garage building, and the creation of the public plaza adjacent to the Main Street businesses.

Construction is now underway on Phase 3 of the project, which is the riverfront property located at the northeast corner of Illinois and First Streets. When completed in 2019, Phase 3 will include three mixed-use buildings, a public parking deck, an extension of the First Street plaza east to the riverfront, and a bi-level pedestrian riverwalk.

The City has posted a Request for Proposals seeking developers to complete the remaining buildings within the project. For information, visit the First Street RFP page.

For more information on the history of the project, approved plans, and updates on the construction activity, visit the Building First Street website:

Building #2 (Riverloft): Under Construction

Building #2 is under construction. This building will be 5 story, with first floor retail and restaurant use, second floor office use, and upper floor residential condominiums (15 units).

Plans can be viewed in the Project Documents menu.

Riverwalk and East Plaza: Planning underway

A portion of the Riverwalk adjacent to Building #3 was completed in 2018. In 2019, the riverwalk will be extended to the north to connect with a new east plaza, located opposite the existing west plaza. 

Plans for the remaining riverwalk and east plaza are currently under development. Conceptual plans were presented to the Plan Commission and Planning & Development Committee for feedback in October-November 2018.

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