City’s Crown Jewel to Grow

Downtown Naperville is continuing to grow, leaving the city’s crown jewel under construction once more.

At their latest meeting, Riverwalk commissioners discussed future renovations.

Projects like the Water Street Development could soon be well underway leaving the structure itself a part of the Riverwalk.

Also discussed was the building at 430 south Washington Street purchased and demolished by North Central College. The space will eventually be considered a part of the Riverwalk as an extended entry to the North Central College Gateway to campus.

The main topic of business was extending the Riverwalk. The southern boundary on Hillside will hopefully stretch to Martin Avenue, but the plan must first be added to the existing Riverwalk development guidelines.

“It’s a destination for a lot of people and one of the components that we look at it is an economic component of downtown so people come to downtown and they want to go to the Riverwalk,” said Riverwalk Chairman and Commissioner, Jeff Havel.

Construction for the Riverwalk extension is expected to begin next fall. The Riverwalk commission will first need approval from city council and the park board.

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