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Shodeen Update

City Council COW (8/11/20) passed all measures furthering the Shodeen apartments 8-6. The 8 aldermen voting yes, in favor of the project: Baerren, Beck, Cerone, Wolff, Chanzit, O’Brien, Russotto, McFadden No votes: Callahan, Uher, Meitzler, Malay, Miller, Knopp You can watch … Continue reading

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Shodeen Apartments on Tuesday Agenda

Update here. Tuesday night, 8/11/20, 7pm, the Batavia City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) will be discussing approval of a new Redevelopment Agreement (RDA) and TIF District for the massive 6-story Shodeen apartment complex in the heart of downtown … Continue reading

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Public Hearing, Shodeen Project — Again

Update: The Plan Commission did not approve point  “5. The project design provides for safe and efficient provision of public services. Finding: The project would increase the amount of public parking in the downtown and reduce the deficit of all … Continue reading

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City Council Putting Cart Before Horse…Again

One North Washington (Shodeen apartments) is on hold. The 13-year TIF extension was voted down by the School Board, killing the extension, effectively killing the project because Shodeen needs 20-year bonds. BUT the project refuses to die. Now the City … Continue reading

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Attend the School Board Meeting Virtually

From the BPS101 website: …the District has determined that the March 24th meeting will be held virtually. The decision was made based on current guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health to take social distancing measures. The public is … Continue reading

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Shodeen TIF on Batavia SCHOOL BOARD Agenda

Update: The School Board voted down the TIF extension, effectively killing any chance to extend the TIF. The School Board is not taking a break for the coronavirus and has on its 7:00pm, Tuesday night (3/24) Agenda the Shodeeen TIF … Continue reading

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City Council Votes to Extend Shodeen TIF

The City Council COW passed the Shodeen TIF extension 9-4 on 3/3/20. They’re sticking with the project. The apartments will be built if all the taxing bodies agree to the extension, if the legislature passes the extension, and Shodeen gets … Continue reading

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Shodeen Apartments Back on the Table

Shodeen’s 1 North Washington project has come back, yet again, to the City Council and is on Tuesday night’s COW agenda. Apparently, Shodeen ran into trouble getting a loan for the apartments because the TIF District is set to expire … Continue reading

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$27 Million Rec Center Referendum March 17

The Batavia Park District has a referendum on the ballot for the March 17, 2020 General Primary (early voting has started at the Kane County Clerk’s Office ONLY; widespread early voting begins March 3). They are asking taxpayers to approve $27 million … Continue reading

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Marijuana Going to Referendum

After being divided 10-4, favoring allowing marijuana dispensaries (“pot shops”), the Batavia City Council decided to put the issue to referendum on the November 2020 ballot. Kudos to the Council for letting the people decide.

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