Omnia in the Naperville Sun

Will Omnia be able to win over Naperville?
Residents will have chance to comment on massive downtown plan

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When Omnia incorporated as a non-profit organization, President Bev Patterson-Frier had to pick a name to write down a name on the papers. She recalled her days studying Latin at Wheaton High School.

“Omnia means for ‘all’ in Latin, and that’s what I view this facility. For the use of the public at large,” she said.

The proposed $200 million Omnia development would use much of the space (above) at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street in Naperville for a new performance space (inset), along with retail space and more parking. Omnia will present its proposal at a public meeting at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Naperville Municipal Center.
(Danielle Gardner/Staff Photographer)

Next month, the public at large will have the opportunity to view the plans for the estimated $200 million proposed Omnia development, which calls for a performing arts center along with residential and retail in the area surrounding Naperville’s Metra station north of downtown.

Omnia’s Board of Directors will host a public meeting to present a development concept for the area at 7 p.m. June 23 in the council chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. While the plans have been viewed by some City Council members and some community groups, this is the first meeting open to the general public. A public meeting scheduled last summer was cancelled, with Omnia officials saying at the time they preferred to present the plans in smaller groups. That concerned many who live in the area who were looking for more information and expressed concerns about such a development’s affect on the neighborhood, including traffic and property values. Omnia officially submitted its plans to the city in December….. click here to read the full article


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