The developer is Frank Mares, president of Batavia-based Prairie Structures Inc.
Instead, the clinic's location questions were resolved when Dreyer
got the CDC's green light to rebuild on its current, 2-1/2-acre site, thwarting Mares' residential plan, which several members questioned because of the added density's impact on school districts.
"I'm at ground zero," said Mares
pitch to CDC
said the residential component was important to his
plan's overall economic feasibility.
Asked what his
next step would be, Mares
said: "As soon as we have an economically viable plan, we'll give them a call."
How soon that will happen, Mares
shrugged in frustration, "I don't know."The plan he
and partner Tim Ward presented would integrate the clinic in an overall revamping of the 11-acre property, located on the northwest corner of Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway. He came to the meeting with hopes of "getting direction" from the CDC and getting tax increment financing considered for the redevelopment-restoration of the building, which gained national historic landmark status in 1979.
In a TIF district, property tax revenue in a designated area that is received by local taxing bodies is capped for up to 23 years.
said the 1937-vintage building, originally a factory that manufactured cosmetics and hand lotions, is now a warehouse that is not maximizing its value.It has "at least one life cycle left, but it is deteriorating," he
The building's front facade features a 100-foot tower and 80,000 glass blocks, running horizontally from end-to-end, a feature that limits its use and marketability, Mares
...City Administrator Bill McGrath suggested Mares come again with his best ideas on how to deal with key aspects of the project, such as window treatments and the entrance.
"It takes a long time to (work out) an economically viable plan," Mares
remarked."I don't know if there will ever be one."
Mares' plan, which several CDC
members criticize as not much different from the one he
presented in January, calls for the razing of north, south and west wings that were added to the original building and contribute nothing to the building's historical value.
Another of the redevelopment issues concerned access/egress off the campus' busy intersection.Kane County Department of Transportation
favors a stoplight on Fabyan, 900 feet west of Route 31.Mares
said this fits the county's 20-20 plan and the only big issue would be the realignment of Fabyan Parkway.
Clearly frustrated at the meeting's outcome, Mares
remarked, "This building is searching for its destiny.I expected a more positive reception," he
said, but "I can't (yet) rule anything out."