Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Redevelopment of Village-Owned Properties in Downtown Oswego, Illinois
Help us build Oswego’s revitalizing downtown
The Village of Oswego owns four parcels located in what is known as the Old Village Hall Block. This block is bounded by Route 34 /Washington Street to the north, Main Street to the east, Van Buren Street to the south and Adams Street to the west The Village is soliciting development opportunities for the redevelopment of this property for commercial and residential uses.
About Downtown Oswego
Downtown is a historical and iconic symbol of Oswego. The older buildings, pedestrian-oriented streets, parks and Fox River generate a charming atmosphere. The majority of community stakeholders expressed their vision for the Downtown to be an attractive, lively, mixed-use center with open space, and wanted to strategize how to garner support and redevelopment for this subarea.
The Downtown will focus on attracting specific niches of the retail, office, and residential market along with preserving open space. In terms of retail, the Downtown is looking to expand its mix of restaurants and cultural/entertainment facilities, taking advantage of the waterfront setting and historic character. The goal for Downtown is not to become the shopping hub, as stores already operating on Route 34 serve this purpose. The goal is to invest in the Downtown as an icon of community pride and livability by expanding on the assets currently in place such as the library and Main Street businesses like the Village Grind coffee shop.
Development Vision: Mixed Use Concept (Live, Work, Shop, Learn)
The ultimate proposal (not required a part of RFQ submission) would provide a new mixed-use development, appropriately scaled to the land area of Village owned lots. The development would include one or more multi-story structures (up to a maximum of four stories) fronting on Washington Street and/or Main Street. Surface or structured parking would be provided in the interior of the block, offering public and private parking opportunities.
Links to relevant Village Plans & Studies: