Omnia In the Daily Herald

Naperville group ready to unveil development plan near downtown

Naperville residents soon will have a chance to see a downtown-area development proposal that has been creating a buzz for several years.

Omnia, a nonprofit group, is holding a public meeting next month to present its proposal for a $200 million performing arts center and commuter parking garage near the Fifth Avenue train station.

The group will unveil its plans, which also include condos, shops and restaurants, at 7 p.m. June 23 at the municipal center, 400 S. Eagle St.

Omnia President Bev Patterson Frier said the meeting will address traffic, parking and economic impact.

“We want to get the word out there … that it’s not just a performing arts center; there’s a lot more to this project … but a lot of people don’t have the big picture,” she said.

City planners have been working on their own study of future land uses for the area around the Fifth Avenue station. It formerly housed the city’s public works facility but that has since been rebuilt on the west side of town.

Planners have developed five possible land use alternatives. Their study is scheduled to appear before the Transportation Advisory Board and plan commission next month.

Naperville officials have stressed the Omnia proposal is independent of the Fifth Avenue study and they are not endorsing it by assisting with the June 23 meeting. Read the full article.

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