5th Avenue Moves Forward:
The 5th Avenue Concept Principles have officially been approved, and Ryan Companies has been given a green light to begin creating a concept plan for the 13-acre development surrounding the Naperville Train Station and 5th Avenue. Naperville City Council voted unanimously in favor of the move at their meeting last night, after a lengthy community engagement process that included open house meetings, working groups, steering committee meetings and city council workshops.
The group also voted through the annexation of the land off of Route 59 just south of 79th Street, where World Mission Society Church of God and a group of vacant homes currently sit. Some of that land was also rezoned from residential to commercial, to accommodate a request from Best Buy Carpets and Granite Tops, who plan to build a commercial property south of the church.`
CityGate Centre North Approved:
Also at the meeting, Council unanimously voted to approve the construction of CityGate Centre North, an events center to feature two hockey rinks and seating for over 6,000.
Election Commission To Dissolve:
The DuPage County Election Commission will soon be no more. Governor Bruce Rauner is coming to Wheaton next week to officially sign legislation that will allow DuPage County to dissolve the commission. The change was supported in a referendum on the March ballot, in which about 56 percent of voters landed in favor of the change. The election commission will be consolidated with the DuPage County Clerk’s office, a move which could save taxpayers at least $300,000 a year.
Airbnb Taxes Benefit Naperville:
Airbnb will soon be collecting hotel taxes on behalf of its Naperville hosts and giving that revenue to the City of Naperville. It’s a deal put together after council amended their ordinance in January to subject short-term rentals to the same taxes as hotels. Airbnb will start collecting the 5.5 percent Naperville Hotel Motel Use Tax starting August 1.
Cadet Wrestling Nationals:
The Cadet Wrestling Nationals are being held in Fargo, North Dakota this week as the country’s best grapplers go head to head. Several local wrestlers are competing for Team Illinois. Wrestling at 182 pounds, Josh LaBarbera finished in 6th place in the Cadet Freestyle category, becoming the second All-American in Metea Valley program history. His Mustang teammate Philip Simms is competing in the Junior Freestyle division at 138 pounds. Naperville Central’s Kyle Guttosch is wrestling at 132 pounds and Neuqua Valley’s Jacob Boumans is also wrestling Junior Freestyle at 170 pounds. Team Illinois won the Junior Freestyle Division and finished fourth in the Cadet Freestyle.
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