CityGate Centre North Moves Forward:
A proposed ice arena and event center for Naperville has moved one step closer to full approval. Last night, the Planning and Zoning Commission gave the go ahead for the rezoning of land on Corporate Lane near Monarch Landing for the construction of CityGate Centre North. The nearly 210,000 square foot event venue will feature two NHL-sized ice rinks, one of which will have arena seating for over 4,000 people. Developers say the arena will host a USHL hockey team, and could be covered in a hard floor for other events, like concerts, with seating for up to 6,000. The commission also granted allotments for the addition of a restaurant on site and reduced required parking.
Polo Club Subdivision Proposed:
At that same meeting, the commission held and extended a public hearing for the Polo Club subdivision – a proposed mixed-housing development that would bring over 700 residences to the location where the polo fields currently sit on 119th Street. Over two-dozen residents spoke out against the project, expressing concerns about the high density of the development, the negative impact it could have on District 202 schools, and how it would affect already congested traffic in the area. The plan commission encouraged developers DR Horton to hold meetings with residents and extended the public hearing to July 18.
Century Farms Playground Renovation:
Kids had a whale of a time on Tuesday at the re-opening ceremony for the playground at Century Farms Park. Renovations to the facility included additions like a zip line, climbing wall, and a kid-powered merry-go-round. The Naperville Park District also spaced things out to allow areas for both younger and older kids to play. This is one of five playgrounds renovated by the park district this spring: next Tuesday, they’ll hold a re-opening ceremony for Farmington Park.
Boys Water Polo Accolades:
It was another great year for Naperville area boys’ water polo and judging by the recently released All-State list, next year has a chance to be a special one as well. Neuqua Valley junior Matt Townsend was named to the all-state 2nd team, after helping the Wildcats improve their win total by 9 victories. Naperville Central had three all-state selections and all three will return for their senior seasons next year. The Redhawks went 34 and 1 en route to a state championship victory over Fenwick. Bender Russo was named to the 2nd team, while Luke-Klein Collins and Kent Emden were named to the 1st team. Klein-Collins was the team’s leading goal scorer, while Emden remained one of the top goalies in the country, allowing less than two goals per game. Not surprisingly, Central head coach Bill Salentine was named the Illinois Boys Water Polo Coach of the Year.
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