5TH Avenue Development Process Paused:
Naperville City Council has delayed a move to Phase II of Ryan Companies’ concept creation for the 5th Avenue Development. Many council members felt there needed to be more discussion about what will happen with the DuPage Children’s Museum, before moving forward. To that end, Councilwoman Patty Gustin proposed creating a working group of council members and museum representatives and give them 60 days to discuss their options – a motion that passed unanimously. Some council members and several public speakers also said the two proposed concepts are too similar and don’t provide different options for heights, densities, and parking. While Phase I involves developing multiple concepts for the project, Phase II is the refinement of one concept. Council will revisit the issue in mid-October.
Jaycees Park Breaks Ground:
Just outside council chambers, Mayor Steve Chirico, the Naperville Jaycees, and other community leaders broke ground on the Naperville Jaycees Park. The “smart park” was designed by Hitchcock Design Group and will serve as an outdoor workspace with public Wi-Fi, USB ports and charging stations, and flexible seating options for small and large groups. Solar panels on top of the Municipal Center will power the park, which is expected to be complete by spring of 2019.
New Appointment for Rep. Wehrli:
Yesterday State Representative Grant Wehrli was appointed Assistant House Republican Leader by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. Representative Wehrli, a former Naperville city councilman, was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2014. This new appointment means he will serve as a leading voice in the House Republican Caucus. Wehrli is up for re-election this year, and will face Democrat Val Montgomery this November for the 41st District seat.
Runners and walkers took to the Riverwalk and Downtown Naperville in support of Bike Bald and Ralph’s Journey. Ralph Hayes is a Naperville Running Company employee who was diagnosed with cancer last October – and has partnered with Bike Bald to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. This was a 3-mile fun run/walk, but he’s also training to participate in a 24-hour run. If you want to support the cause, you can donate on Bike Bald’s website.
DVC Boys Soccer:
The DVC boys soccer season reached the midway point last night after a pair of shutouts. Naperville Central showed off an improving offense by scoring twice in each half, defeating Neuqua Valley 4-0. Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley were scoreless at halftime but the Mustangs made the necessary adjustments to pull ahead and defeat the Eola Road rival Warriors 2-0 to stay unbeaten in DVC play.
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