Prairie Centre

Current Status

  • Initial site grading work is underway.
  • Final engineering plans are being finalized.
  • Building Permits for the first two buildings have been reviewed. (Residential Buildings E and F2, immediately east of the roundabout).

About the Project

The Prairie Centre PUD project was approved by the City Council on March 6, 2017. Prairie Centre is a redevelopment of the 27-acre former St. Charles Mall property located north of IL Rt. 38/Lincoln Highway, south of Prairie Street, and east of Randall Road.

The project includes commercial, mixed use and residential buildings, specifically:

  • 670 residential units (609 units, plus 61 units as a "density bonus" for providing affordable residential units within the project)
  • A range from 80,000 to 116,000 square feet of commercial uses (depending on whether certain buildings are mixed use or residential only)

Project Review and Approval

Public Hearings were held by the Plan Commission on Oct. 18, 2016Dec. 6, 2016 and Jan. 10, 2017. The Plan Commission made a recommendation for approval of the project on Jan. 17, 2017.

The Planning & Development Committee of the City Council reviewed the project on Feb. 13, 2017 and Feb. 21, 2017.

The project was approved by the City Council on March 6, 2017.

Affordable Housing Requirements

The City’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, Title 19 of the City Code, requires either the provision of affordable units within new residential projects, or payment of a fee-in-lieu for units. The City Council can decide whether to accept units or a fee for a given project.

The developer intends to meet this requirement by providing 10% of the units within the development as affordable senior housing units. The developer was granted a variance under Section 19.02.100, “Location, Phasing and Design,” to allow for the senior affordable units to be constructed in one or more buildings, as opposed to being distributed throughout the site. The Housing Commission recommended approval of this variance request on Nov. 17, 2016.