Location

Omnia considered many locations. We decided that this facility should be a “purpose built” facility. After considering the use and renovation of existing vacant buildings, it was apparent Omnia had to be built from the ground up to achieve the standard we desired. And without multi-million dollar donors, purchasing land was not an option.

 

The best location for this project is the parking lots on the north side of the Fifth Avenue train station. That area is zoned industrial and, besides being an eyesore, is a waste of surface land.

 

 

Studies on how to keep downtown Naperville viable have stressed a pedestrian-friendly “Live, Work, and Play” town. Downtown merchants and restaurant owners have requested Omnia to locate where their businesses could profit. That seemed a logical and fair request. This would also keep our tax dollars here in Naperville. The quaint Naperville trolley could provide a shuttle service from the restaurants and shops to the theatre and, vice versa, for those who preferred not to walk.

 

The resulting direct economic impact for the downtown location is projected to be $150,000,000 annually. This is a figure arrived at by a standard recognized formula. If located elsewhere, this figure would be much less.

 

Naperville is nearly totally built out. The only option for a greater tax base is to develop with height. Remember, TIF taxes from the new development are the only way to pay for the underground parking and Omnia, without any cost to the City’s taxpayers.

 

Teachers, students, and patrons may arrive by train. Train station neighborhoods are becoming more and more an attractive place to develop property for residential and recreational purposes. Other cities nation-wide have been transitioning to having more people live near mass transit facilities. The State of Illinois is focusing on developing more density by train stations in order to get people out of their cars. They are preparing for the future.

 

The train station is a regional amenity and should be utilized as such. Our forefathers did two great things for the future of Naperville:1. They built the railroad tracks so as to avoid the center of town. 2. They also built underpasses and overpasses to accommodate train commuting. These are two great enhancements to the train station area.

 

Downtown Naperville has no other available land for this facility. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.