5TH Avenue Design Discussion:
City Hall was packed last night with residents anxious to weigh in on the first two concept drawings for the 5th Avenue redevelopment, released by Ryan Companies. At the meeting, many voiced concerns about building heights, as the current concepts feature several buildings four stories in height or taller. Others cited lack of ample parking spaces, with the current plans providing increased spots just for the retail and residential additions but not for Metra commuters. Ryan Companies defended their decision for a high-density development, saying they are trying to balance a number of factors, including the land use survey and market demand. There’s a page on the city’s website about the 5th Avenue development where you can see the concept and send your input. http://www.naperville.il.us/projects-in-naperville/fifth-avenue-redevelopment/
Smart Meter Ruling:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled the benefits of smart meters outweighs the privacy issues that come along with the data they collect. The Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group had sued the City of Naperville over the smart meter program, claiming the devices gathered too much information about residents and infringe on privacy. But the court decided energy consumption data collected by the meters is a valid search protected by the Fourth Amendment, and the city’s collection of smart meter data in this context was reasonable. The court did note that the city is not at liberty to disclose this information to third parties without a warrant or court order, and said their ruling could change if data were to be collected at intervals shorter than every 15 minutes.
Ed Asner Performs In Naperville:
Legendary actor Ed Asner is here in Naperville! He’s busy rehearsing at Center Stage Theater for his role as God in the play “God Help Us.” Asner will be joining four local actors on stage, as his character, God, oversees a debate. The local actors will switch off roles for different performances, which begin tomorrow night at 7:30 and continue on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available on Center Stage’s website. https://centerstage-theater.com/
High School Soccer Returns:
After rain washed out games on Monday, high school soccer is finally back on the field. Yesterday afternoon Neuqua Valley hosted Batavia in a non-conference matchup. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, junior Jaison Chisnell scored the equalizer by punching in a loose ball off a free kick. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. The big matchup of the opening week will be this Saturday at noon when the state’s number one ranked team, two time defending state champion Naperville North, hosts the state’s number two ranked team, Morton.
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