Naperville Now 10-17-18

October 17, 2018
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City Advocate For 5th Ave Project:

The Fifth Avenue Redevelopment project has gained a city advocate, after a unanimous vote from Naperville City Council at last night’s meeting. S.B. Friedman and Company will be retained by the city for no more than $100,000, to act as the city’s advocate in creating and negotiating the development agreement and business terms with developer Ryan Companies, ensuring that the project has the city’s best interests at heart. This will be a two-year agreement, and allows for a 10 percent contingency and the potential to renegotiate the contract down the road.

5th Ave. Project on Hold:

The next phase of the Fifth Avenue project itself was put on hold until at least December 4, after another unanimous vote. The proposed plans got a lot of public feedback at the meeting, with residents still showing concerns about lack of parking and traffic flow. Between that issue and the location of the DuPage Children’s Museum still being up in the air, council thought it best to delay the move to phase 2 until they can get more clarification on both of these subjects.

Dyslexia Awareness:

Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville partnered with Everyone Reading Illinois to bring a dyslexia simulation to the 95th Street Library last night. While the simulations cannot exactly recreate what it’s like to have dyslexia, they’re meant to make reading and writing, which most of us find simple, as difficult as they are for people with dyslexia. The event was also part of Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Park District Award:

Congratulations to the Naperville Park District, who received the 2018 Best Green Practices Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts. They were honored with the distinction for their accomplishments in a number of areas, including recycling, green building, and energy conservation. They were also recognized for initiatives like the use of organic products in weed control at playgrounds and several parks, and their Earth Week Naperville events.

Naper Prairie Conference Championships:

The Naper Prairie Conference middle school cross-country championships were held yesterday at Frontier Sports Complex behind Neuqua Valley High School. Kennedy Junior High won the seventh grade girls race, with Jefferson finishing second and Washington third. Kennedy also won the seventh grade boys race while Madison took second and Lincoln third.

Washington won the eighth grade girls race, Lincoln took second and Crone grabbed third. As for the eighth grade boys race, Lincoln came out on top, with Jefferson in second and Crone in third. Congratulations to the hundreds of runners across all 12 schools on a great season.