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Proposed Nichols Place update and other things to do May 17 & 18


Above / Interested residents were welcomed to a special Community Open House on May 16 to view proposed concepts for redevelopment of the old Nichols Library. 

Christina Caton Kitchel served one of the stations to answer questions for the developer.

(PN Photos May 16, 2017)

In case you missed them… a few things featured earlier that might interest you now…

Community Open House featured proposed concepts for old Nichols Library redevelopment / May 16

Developer Dwight Avram hosted a Community Open House from 6:30 to 8:30PM on Tues., May 16, to present proposed design options for the Washington Street elevation of a redeveloped 110 S. Washington, currently Truth Lutheran Church and once the Nichols Library, were presented for public view on May 16.

The property became available because Truth Lutheran Church is building a new single-story facility at the northwest corner of Mill Street and Bauer Road in Naperville.

Proposed Nichols Place

The options offer two possible means of honoring the façade of the original library, one incorporating a portion of the façade in the center retail section of the new mixed use building, and  a second, utilizing the entire front façade on the north end of the building for a possible restaurant site.

Renderings courtesy of Developer Dwight Avram

Both  proposals include rebuilding the interior library vestibule and tile entry floor to meet current codes. Avram pledges to utilize as much of the original brick and stone as is physically possible given current conditions of the 1898 building.

The graphic at right shows the 5-level building use with roof top level green space for condo residents. The basement level will accommodate parking for condo residents. The street level is designed for retail and a restaurant. Second level is office space. Third and fourth levels are residential condominiums. The design falls within the height limits of 60 feet.

Noting that 10 designs had been in the works throughout the process, the developer has narrowed the options to the two featured here.

The footprint of the proposed design ends about 30 feet or so from the US Bank building on the south side. It extends along Washington Street to the property line on the north just before the trees and the path that leads to Central Park.

Organizers said the developer hosted the community informational open house to collect public reaction to these two options, as well as comments from the community.

Naperville’s first public library was built with a $10,000 gift to the city from James L. Nichols upon his death in 1895.

The Open House was held at the Naperville Chamber of Commerce Conference Room located in Main Street Promenade at 55 S. Main Street, in downtown Naperville.

For other details with photos about open house and proposed plans, click here.

Save Nichols Library Campaign

For info and a petition organized by Barbara Hower with input from residents and former residents who seek other solutions and options to save the historic building, click here.

Local group will host free enterprise forum / 6-8PM May 17

The Free Enterprise Forum of Naperville, a local chapter of the international Bastiat Society, will host its next meeting from 6 to 8PM on Wed., May 17, 2017, at Colbert Custom Framing in Naperville.

“Peace through Prosperity” will be presented by Bastiat Society President and CEO Brad DeVos.

The presentation will be from 6:40 to 7:30PM, followed by Q & A and conversation.

The nonpartisan Free Enterprise Forum of Naperville is open to anyone who wants to learn, exchange thoughtful ideas about private enterprise and free market economies while adapting to a changing world and seeking solutions.

To help plan for limited seating, advance reservations are requested by emailing info@fefnaper.org.

Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing is located at 1283 S Naper Blvd.

For more info, visit FEFNaper.org where individuals also can RSVP.

For the original post with a brief bio of Brad DeVos, click here.

Right / Brush collection progress can be tracked through interactive map on City website. Meanwhile, be prepared to place brush in bunches with cut ends toward the curb. (PN Photo May 15, 2017)

2017 Curbside Brush Collection now in progress

 The City of Naperville’s 2017 curbside bulk brush collection program began the week of May 15. This program is an opportunity to dispose of large quantities of unbundled branches and tree trimmings at no cost.

Homes with garbage collection on this day

Must place brush on parkway by

For collection one time during the week of


May 14

May 15-19


May 21

May 22-26


May 29

May 30 – June 2


June 4

June 5-9


June 11

June 12-16

For complete details about brush collection, click here

Phase two of Wolf’s Crossing road configuration now in progress / weather permitting 

Allow extra time for detours.

A three-day closure of Wolf’s Crossing Road between the CN Railroad line and 248th Avenue began Monday, May 15, and will last approximately three days,  pending weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Crews will begin work to construct a temporary connection to attach the new north-south extension of Wolf’s Crossing Road, constructed during the first six weeks of the project, to the existing east-west section. The section of Wolf’s Crossing road between the CN Railroad line and 248th Avenue will be inaccessible to all traffic until work is complete. Upon completion of the temporary connection, traffic will begin using the new configuration and the section of Wolf’s Crossing Road from the new connection east to 248th Avenue will be closed permanently.

For more details about road construction work just south and west of 95th Street, click here.

Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) Dinner / 6:30PM May 18 

The 2017 Citizens Appreciate Public Safety nominations for the Naperville Police Department were accepted until mid-April. Award recipients will be honored as part of the CAPS awards dinner at 6:30PM on Thursday, May 18, in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave.

To check limited and last-minute availability of tickets ($30 each), call the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6672.

For more information on CAPS, visit www.naperville.il.us/caps. To submit a nomination, visit www.napervillecaps.com or send the nomination in the form of a letter to CAPSNaperville@gmail.com.

For more details about CAPS, click here.

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On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity Golf (2017 golf season runs May 15 through October.), Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.

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