At the Monday, January 11 Village Board meeting, the Board approved the final Planned Unit Development for the Civic Center pedway, the pedestrian connection from the parking garage, currently under construction, to Main Street and Duane Street. The design of the pedway includes opportunities for multiple outdoor dining areas, seat wall planter boxes, decorative lighting, landscaping improvements, as well as mechanical equipment screening.
To make way for the connection to Main Street, the Village purchased and subsequently demolished the former Shonkwiler building, located at 423 N. Main Street, and the residential building to its rear. This important improvement will provide better access for customers, Metra commuters and employees between the public parking garage and businesses in the downtown.
This project, alongside the Civic Center parking garage, are expected to be complete by May 2021. Once complete, the public parking garage will have 277 stalls within five tiers of parking, one of which is underground. In addition to the garage, a row of ten surface parking stalls are proposed along the west side of the driveway from Duane Street. A total net gain of 212 additional parking stalls will serve residents, Metra commuters, businesses, visitors to Glen Ellyn, as well as Civic Center employees and other Civic Center tenants.