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Plans for Noah's Ark site to be discussed

Plans for Noah's Ark site to be discussed

Public invited to open house presentation Monday

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St. Charles Mayor Patti York plans to host an open house presentation to discuss plans for the Plaza at Noah's Ark development at 7 p.m. Monday in the rotunda of City Hall.

The presentation will include examples of other premier lifestyle centers throughout the country and samples of restaurants and retail facilities the public can expect to see in the project.

The 26.8-acre high-density development is planned for the site of the former Noah's Ark restaurant and motel at the southeast corner of the Interstate 70 and South Fifth Street interchange. Plans call for an 18-story residential building with a minimum of 518 units costing about $250,000 each, retail shops, a movie theater, a 10- to 14-story hotel, an outdoor ice rink and a multilevel, vertical parking garage.

"This is an exciting project, but all we have been talking about is the financing and layout of the project," York said. "I would like to allow residents to see what is planned for the site and get their input as to what stories, businesses and amenities are wanted and needed for the city."

York said she would like to see a Crate and Barrel store and a Cheesecake Factory restaurant at the site.

Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. will help design the site with the project's developer, Greg Whittaker, who also is developing the New Town at St. Charles near Highway 370 in northern St. Charles. Andres Duany, co-founder of the firm, has planned more than 200 new urbanism developments, including Seaside, Fla., and Kentlands, Md., York said.

The project is will be built in several phases. Whittaker has said grading and cleanup of the site would likely begin in May or June. For more information about retail and office space in the development, call (636) 916-1511.

Rachel Kaatmann can be contacted at rkaatmann@yourjournal.com

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