The competition has been building for the past five months as students from District 203 work to redesign the Iroquois Shopping Center on Ogden Avenue. And now there’s a winner.
Invidia, comprised of four seniors from Naperville North, took home the prize for best overall design, beating out six other groups.
Their winning design aimed to revitalize the Iroquois Shopping Center, while still fitting in with the surrounding area.
“Combining residential with commercial to make the Ogden Corridor work a little better, so we have a residential complex which consists of three main buildings and we included 60 units total for residents and then our commercial portion of the site, we separated it a little bit. We have five total buildings for the commercial and we can fit a total of 13 businesses in it,” said Invidia team member Caleb Schemmel.
All groups presented to a panel of judges, displayed their models and answered questions about their plans.
This was the first year for the competition, which was in partnership with the City of Naperville and the Naperville Development Partnership. But it may not stay as just a competition, as the design could become reality if it’s approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
Prizes were also given out for best presentation, best model and best concept.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.