New proposal might renew hopes for upgrading mall property

The demise of Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles has been nicely documented.

A once-promising mall on the town’s east aspect, Charlestowne by no means recovered from a gradual however regular lack of tenants.

When the mall’s proprietor — Krausz Corporations Inc. — closed the inside of the mall for good in December 2017, solely two anchor shops and a movie show remained.

Whereas we all know the story of what occurred to Charlestowne, we have been left questioning what comes subsequent for the property.

Krausz initially talked about redeveloping the positioning and even renamed it The Quad. Nonetheless, nothing occurred for years.

Then got here the announcement this month {that a} developer has submitted plans to redevelop the property.

Metropolis officers stated S.R. Jacobson Improvement Corp. and Lormax Stern Improvement Co. LLC are planning to buy the property from Krausz.

Idea plans present a multiuse improvement that may require demolishing a lot of the mall construction.

However two remaining anchors — Von Maur and Traditional Cinemas Charlestowne 18 — would keep the place they’re.



A Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard & Restaurant and a Starbucks/Verizon constructing would stay alongside Most important Avenue.

Roughly 40,000 sq. toes of latest business improvement additionally can be added alongside Most important. As well as, there can be a spot for a proposed 135-room lodge.

Plans additionally embody a residential element.

The developer needs to assemble 324 backyard residences in three-story buildings on the east finish of the property and roughly 208 townhouses on the north finish.

Residents in these buildings would share a centrally positioned group middle with a pool and different facilities.

The challenge is anticipated to be reviewed by the plan fee and the town council’s planning and improvement committee in October.

Time will inform if this proposal is what St. Charles officers need for the town’s jap gateway.

However for these of us who’ve fond reminiscences of what Charlestowne was once, it is a aid to see that one thing is lastly occurring.

For no matter purpose, the mall’s proprietor was not capable of observe by on its promise of a significant facelift. Hopefully, a brand new developer with a brand new plan could make a distinction and breathe new life into that property.

As a result of proper now, Charlestowne is a reminder of what is been misplaced. A fantastic metropolis like St. Charles deserves higher than that.


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