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:


Nearing completion: Building #3 (Sterling Building)

Building #3 is 5 story bank/office and residential condominum building located along the future riverwalk, east of the public parking deck. The building is nearing completion.

Riverwalk and streetscape improvements adjacent to Building #3 are currently under construction.

Plans for the building and riverwalk/streetscape can be viewed in the Project Documents menu.


Construction to begin: Building #2 (Riverloft)

Building #2 is the next building to be constructed on the Phase 3 property. This building is 5 story, with first floor retail and restaurant use, second floor office use, and upper floor residential condominiums (15 units).

Excavation and site work for Building #2 will begin soon.

Plans can be viewed in the Project Documents menu.


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

One Lane of Illinois Street to Close for First Street Construction

Work on Streetscape Additions set to Begin

The City of St. Charles is closing the north lane of the Illinois Street bridge as construction begins on streetscape improvements adjacent to the building under construction at the corner of Illinois Street and the Fox River.

The lane closure is expected to last five weeks while excavation, curb removals, electrical work, and installation of the streetscape takes place.

The streetscape features will include lighting fixtures, benches, as well as plantings and landscape improvements along the river. The improvements are part of the ongoing First Street Redevelopment Project.

Developers Sought for Final Buildings of the 1st Street Redevelopment Project

The City is seeking developers to complete the remaining three buildings in the First Street Redevelopment Project. The buildings offer an exciting opportunity to complete a vibrant, mixed-use environment along the South First Street corridor in the heart of downtown St. Charles.

There are three remaining buildings in the project— 6, 7B and 8—located south and west of the corner of First and Illinois streets. Construction of these buildings is anticipated to begin in 2019 and will finish out the project.