Naperville’s Transportation, Engineering and Development group is in the preliminary stages of reigniting a 13-year-old project to add parking to Downtown Naperville.

The Plan

In 2007, Naperville’s City Council approved a final design from Loebl, Schlossman, & Hackl to add a four level, 501-spot, L-shaped parking garage around Nichols Library in Downtown Naperville.

This plan progressed until just before bidding on the project took place in 2009 when the garage plans were shelved due to the economic recession.

Now in 2022, parking demands are reportedly still not being met. “Surveys have showed that people are less than satisfied with parking. Water Street was added, but Water Street has a lot of uses that generates its own need for parking. So the indication is that there’s still a need for parking,” said City Traffic Engineer Andy Hynes.

A stakeholder working group comprised of elected officials, residents from the West Side Homeowner’s Association, representatives from the Downtown Naperville Alliance, the library board and others were consulted in re-energizing this project.

To gain additional perspective, TED held an open house on March 7 for community members to share their thoughts about restarting the same plan.

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