Thursday, February 21, 2013
Grand opening is slated Saturday at Charlestowne Mall.
Thursday, February 21
The Taoist Tai Chi Society® in St. Charles has slated the grand opening of its Charlestowne Mall center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Featured speakers will discuss their experiences of the health benefits and cultural impact of tai chi, demonstrations of Taoist Tai Chi®, and a performance of the Lion Dance by members of the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance troupe. There also will be a light lunch. This event is open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. The center is located on the lower level of the mall, next to Carson's. With more than 40,000 members in 30 countries, the Taoist Tai Chi Society® is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to make the Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts available to all…
Monday, January 28, 2013
New investors have been looking at the property, a spokesman said.
A group of California investors who purchased Charlestowne Mall for $9.5 million in 2010 are entertaining potential buyers for the facility, although the mall is not officially on the market, the Kane County Chronicle reported Saturday. A spokesman told the Chronicle that the owners have been approached by “multiple investor groups” that have shown interest in the property, which has languished in the years since it opened in 1991. The decline has some wondering whether or not the mall should be torn down. That was at least one option residents were asked to consider during an August 2012 “visioning” session that was part of the process for drafting the city’s 2013 Comprehensive Plan, which is under review by the St. Charles Plan …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Event January event is slated in Charlestowne Mall, and new classes also are scheduled to begin.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Tai Chi provides the non impact exercise alternative to help relax your body and replenish your energy in a natural, holistic way. Using a phased training approach, Tai Chi is a valuable form of non-impact exercise and an internal art of health that is adapted to any health and fitness level of need. The St Charles location of The Taoist Tai Chi Society® is holding an open house and demonstrations of Taoist Tai Chi® from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Members and instructors will be present to answer questions. During the week of Jan. 9, the Taoist Tai Chi Society® will host new student beginner classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11:30 a.m Saturdays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes are held in St Charles' …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Pop-Up gallery program’s tenure is drawing to a close at Charlestowne Mall — until it pops up next time.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The neXt gallery at Charlie’s is hosting a closing reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, after which the gallery will close. The neXt gallery at Charlie’s is at 3800 E. Main St. — in the Charlestowne Mall. Wine, punch, and seasonal beverages/snacks such as hot mulled cider and pumpkin scones will be served. Patrons can browse the gallery for gifts for family, friends, to donate — or just to treat themselves. If you dropped by the gallery before and had your eye on one of the fantastic pieces there — now’s the time to come back for it. And if you haven’t been there yet, you really have to make the trip. The neXt gallery at Charlie’s has gotten rave reviews from the hundreds of people who have come through it since the opening…
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Residents to get another look at the plans for Charlestowne Mall and Main Street corridor during the Thursday, Oct. 4, open house.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The city of St. Charles will host a second open house to review new draft plans for the East Gateway, Charlestowne Mall and Main Street Corridor from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the St. Charles City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main St. The open house is part of the city’s comprehensive plan process and includes input received from a Visioning Workshop for the Charlestowne Mall area that was held in August, according to a release from the city. “We encourage residents, property owners, and members of the business community to come by any time during the open house and offer their perspective on the new plans,” said Russell Colby, planning division manager. “Citizen input is vital to the city’s comprehensive planning process.” No formal …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Residents gathered in St. Charles City Hall on Thursday night to brainstorm ideas for the East Side mall — both with and without the retail development.
Can Charlestowne Mall be retrofitted and restored to its former glory, or should the entire site be redeveloped into something new? Those were the scenarios oresented Thursday night as about 48 people turned out to the St. Charles City Council Chambers to consider — or vision — the future of the mall area on the city’s East Side. Many ideas flowed freely during the meeting — representatives of Houseal Lavigne Associates, the city’s consultants for drawing up a citywide comprehensive plan told attendees to “think big” — yet for all the different faces and ideas floating around the room there seemed to be some common threads, particularly in terms of the types of businesses residents said should be recruited into the area. What was touted as…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Public workshop set for Aug. 9.
St. Charles officials are seeking public input on the future of Charlestowne Mall and the surrounding business district. On Aug. 9 residents and business leaders are asked to participate in a 7 p.m. workshop to craft a plan for the future of Charlestowne Mall and the east gateway business district. The workshop will include group sessions to review and discuss the community’s vision for the future of the mall and the surrounding commercial area. Input from this workshop will be used to draft a Key Focus Area Plan for the larger East Gateway area. In a blog post last fall, City Administrator Brian Townsend said establishing a business district "is an opportunity to provide incentives for redevelopment and marketing activities." In a 2009 …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Business listings provided by the city show business openings and closings between April and June.
Despite the sluggish national economy, St. Charles officials reported a slight gain of nine newly opened businesses versus business that have closed since April. According to a list provided by Michael Mertes, economic development coordinator for St. Charles, 26 new businesses opened shop in the city since April 1. However, that number is tempered by 17 businesses that shut down operations in the same time frame. Four of those businesses had homes in Charlestowne Mall, which is down to a low of about 12 businesses out of the 120 retail spaces in the mall. The mall is a source of concern for city officials as they discuss what to do with the property. The eastern side of town is also being studied for the possibility of establishing a …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
City Council wants to discuss proposal more before proceeding to next phase.
One week after discussing the possibility of establishing the East Gateway Business District, St. Charles council members are already looking at trimming areas out of the proposed 720 acre plan. During Monday night’s council meeting, city aldermen said they wanted to discuss the boundaries prior to preparing the business district plan. Alderman Cliff Carrignan, who was absent Monday night, discussed shrinking the district last week. Because he was absent, Aldermen Joann Krieger and William Turner said they would like to wait until Carrignan returned so he offer his input. Mayor Donald DeWitte suggested council take the entire area for study, then shrink it if necessary. “We need to know what's available in establishing this district, then …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
East Main Street is lowest rated corridor in town.
The St. Charles East Main Street corridor is eligible to be designated as a business improvement district, the Kane County Chronicle is reporting. Consultants for the city told the Planning and Development Committee area has inadequate street layouts, there are areas of deterioration and has economic under use. The area under discussion includes commercial areas such as Charlestowne Mall, Tin Cup Pass, the former Baker’s Square and Main Street Commons, the Chronicle reports. Creating a business improvement district would allow the city to to enact a special sales and hotel tax, which can be used for a variety of activities including land assembly, public infrastructure improvements, site preparation, and advertising. In a blog post last …