City councilmen want more time to discuss plans for a hotel in downtown Naperville.
At their recent meeting, councilmen and residents alike had mixed opinions about the proposed Water Street project, which includes a seven story Holiday Inn Express with a rooftop restaurant, 62 apartments, retail, offices spaces and a 544- space parking deck.
Some attendees supported the project as is.
“This Water Street project, to me, represents three things: progress, growth, and a sense of pride,” said Patrick Murphy, Naperville resident.
“Overall I think it looks like a development that’s going to be first class and it will fit well in a first class city that we all love here,” Jim Carpenter, Naperville resident.
While others thought the height and density was just too much.
“We think it’s a fine idea to have to hotel downtown, it’s just too tall,” said Thom Higgins, Naperville resident and member of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation.
“I agree, I think a hotel in downtown Naperville would be great, but to what magnitude?” said Grant Wehrli, Naperville city councilman.
Council members raised a few other concerns as well like traffic backups, storm water management and its impact on the Riverwalk.
They plan to revisit their discussion at their November 20th meeting.
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