September 9, 2010
BY MARK SCHLINKMANN
ST. CHARLES – St. Charles officials are close to issuing the building permit for the first of a series of mixed-use buildings planned for the site of the old Noah’s Ark complex at Interstate 70 and Fifth Street.
However, a spokesman for the developer – Cullinan Properties – said Wednesday that a starting date for construction has yet to be pinned down. Brian Buralli, Cullinan’s marketing manager, said only that it would be later this year.
Bruce Evans, the city community development director, said the first permit would be for a five-story building – with four floors of apartments above a floor of retail space.
Last March, Cullinan had said construction on the structure and of a four-story building with offices and retail space would begin in the summer.
Buralli said the delay was due to a combination of factors, including weather issues, the timing of the sale of bonds that are financing infrastructure at the site and the general stall in the economy.