Two Ryan staff members and Jennifer Louden from the City of Naperville joined 13 residents at this Saturday morning sessions held at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. Jim McDonald, Vice President of Real Estate Development at Ryan Companies, facilitated this session.
While some residents in this session expressed that they aren’t interested in creating another downtown in this area, another resident suggested that if the space is developed appropriately it could be a great benefit to the community and help the city to balance the budget. No matter which side of the debate they were on nearly everyone agreed the design of the development will need to compliment the surrounding neighborhood and contain historical elements to tie into the Kroehler building.
A considerable amount of time was also spent discussing traffic concerns and possible solutions with one resident suggesting speed bumps be added to the streets and other recommending parking be removed from 5th Avenue while adding islands to increase pedestrian safety. It was also proposed that adding parking structures with egress to Washington would help alleviate some of the traffic on the residential streets in the area.
This meeting recap reflects the public input from the November 18 Group Input Session only and was not edited in any way. They are, to the best of our ability, a capture of all of the comments made during the session. Attendees were given an opportunity to provide corrections or additions to the notes before being posted. The goal of these meetings is to obtain qualitative information and context about the key issues for residents and other stakeholders, and not to be used to work towards a consensus or solution at this stage. Other means, such as surveys, will be used to obtain quantitative data from which to gather and compare a large number of responses in a consistent and statistically valid way.