St. Charles City Council to consider proposals for location of former police station – Shaw Local

St. Charles City Council will consider proposals for the old St. Charles Police Station along the Fox River on Monday.

Aldermen will review the proposals at 5 p.m. in a special workshop meeting. In October, the aldermen voted unanimously to seek design proposals for the former commissariat. The development site potentially includes adjacent open spaces and parking lots.

“The intent of this RFP is to identify potential project concepts that meet the city‘s interests in redevelopment of the property,” the city said in its RFP. “The City intends to review the design proposals and consider selecting a developer whose concept best meets the qualifications of this application. If a concept is selected, the city will continue discussions with the selected developer regarding the refinement of the concept and a redevelopment agreement for the property.

In 2020, the aldermen decided to suspend the search for development proposals in light of the unfavorable economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In September 2019, the department’s new, $24.6 million state-of-the-art police station, located at 1515 W. Main St., opened. The new 56,000 square foot station replaced the department’s old quarters at 211 N. Riverside Ave., parts of which date back nearly 100 years.

The document said the city preferred a mixed-use redevelopment proposal, but was open to property being developed for commercial or office use or as a restaurant, hotel or for condominiums or apartments (upper floors uniquely).

He also said the proposal “should take into account the quality and style of the downtown architecture and how the proposed building complements the existing built environment”.

Any proposal must respond to parking requests.

“Growth in the downtown commercial or residential base will require special attention to meet parking demand,” the document states. “Proposals should include parking to meet development requirements and where possible parking should be indoors. Any parking that exceeds the minimum parking required for the development would be considered favorable.

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