New Boutique Slated to Open at Water Street District

Visitors to the Water Street District set to open this fall in Downtown Naperville will have a unique new clothing boutique to enjoy.  London Skye will offer trendy contemporary women’s and men’s clothing,  bringing one-of-a-kind pieces and  international brands to the fashion-forward customer. Owner Joellen Elam has used her 19 years of advertising and fashion experience garnered from influential positions working on such brands as LEVI’S, William-Sonoma, Nordstrom, Nicole Miller, and Evereve to hone a boutique with a decidedly English vibe.

 

Elam lived three years in London prior to moving back to the states and settling in the western suburbs of Chicago.  London Skye’s interior will reflect the rustic charm of a pub you might walk into in London. Rustic wooden floors, comfy brown leather couches, wing back chairs and hints of British charm will be found throughout the store.  “ I like the idea of bringing the old-world charm to the Naperville area for the well-travelled customer,” she says.  “With the Hotel Indigo, Elements events space and the eclectic collection of restaurants coming to Water Street, this felt like the perfect spot for London Skye.”

 

London Skye will feature premium denim, shirts and tops, shoes, accessories and travel needs, in a fun atmosphere with personable stylists to help you find the right look for you. “Women love the fashion-forward contemporary styles available in Downtown Naperville, but what about trendy looks for their husbands and boyfriends?  London Skye will compliment the classic and traditional men’s clothing available in Naperville,” Elam says.

 

Elam and her husband have two daughters, who have lent their respective middle names to the name of the store. “Naperville is style-conscious and family friendly at the same time, she says. “ I fell in love with the Downtown, it’s charming and brings out both locals and out-of-towners looking for a unique shopping experience.  We’re also looking forward to serving visitors in to see family,  for weddings, and all the wonderful events the community has to offer.”

 

London Skye and Water Street District are expected to open by late fall, 2016.  The District will offer the 158- room Hotel Indigo, Elements Events, Bien Truche, Blue Sushi Saki Grill, Traveling Tots children’s boutique and activity space, as well as a number of other restaurants and shops and a 520-space parking garage. Limited retail opportunities remain.  For information visit www.waterstreetcommunity.info

 

Media Contact: Deb Newman, Deborah Newman Marketing/Communications, 630-846-4759

Big Yellow Crane Leaving Downtown Naperville, Hotel Pre-Cast Panels in Place

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Big Yellow Crane that became part of the Downtown Naperville skyline is leaving town.

After taking up residence in Downtown Naperville since last July, the big yellow crane that has been hoisting pre-cast concrete panels into place at the Water Street District construction site has completed its work and will depart the site this week.  The crane, dubbed “Frasier” by Teri Kostal, Executive Secretary at Naper Settlement, who joined her colleagues in  watching  the crane from the second floor of the Pre-Emption House, also provided entertainment to dozens of children, residents and visitors who gathered along the Riverwalk to watch the work all summer and fall of last year.  Now that the pre-cast panels for the parking deck and the hotel are in place, further construction of the hotel interior, Loggia and Theatre buildings will continue.

“Our staff has had a birds-eye view of the construction, we felt the momentum of the construction workers and all the trucks coming and going, as if they were working alongside us,” says Settlement President and CEO Rena Tomayo-Calabrese. “At first I was sad to lose my view of the SS Peter and Paul steeple, but as I watched the building go up it got exciting.  This 21st Century project is designed to be respectful of  the neighboring buildings. It reflects a new phase in where our city is going.  Watching the progress and appreciating the engineering and accuracy of that crane has been really interesting. We’re going to miss Frasier!”

Nick Ryan, CEO if Marquette Companies, developers of the Water Street District, says the project is right on schedule. “We’re looking forward to announcing some exciting new tenants, working with Century Walk on public art, and are progressing just as we planned.  We’ve been blessed by this mild winter, and look forward to a Grand Opening this fall.  This is going to be another amazing place for gathering with family, friends and colleagues to enjoy life.”

Time lapse video of the construction along with live feed photo updates from a camera on top of the Municipal Center can be seen at www.waterstreetcommunity.info.

During the month of February, construction includes:

Loggia Building

Structural Steel to continue

Precast plank to continue

Wall framing to begin

Hotel

Precast work to complete

Exterior windows to continue

Interior wall framing + drywall to continue

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough in work to continue

Slab on grade to continue

Roofing to continue

Concrete topping to be poured

Elevator install to begin

Parking Structure

                Elevator install

Fire Sprinkler install

Continue mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough

Theater Building

Theater Excavation/ Footings to continue

Sitework

Upper Boardwalk walls to be poured

Upper concrete piers to be wrapped in stone

Fountain walls to complete

After taking up residence in Downtown Naperville since last July, the big yellow crane that has been hoisting pre-cast concrete panel

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The final pre-cast panel is lowered into place at the soon to be Hotel Indigo at the Water Street District in Downtown Naperville. A Fall 2016 opening is planned for the hotel, retail, restaurant and parking district on the south bank of the DuPage River.

into place at the Water Street District construction site has completed its work and will depart the site this week.  The crane, dubbed “Frasier” by Teri Kostal, Executive Secretary at Naper Settlement, who joined her colleagues in  watching  the crane
from the second floor of the Pre-Emption House, also provided entertainment to dozens of children, residents and visitors who gathered along the
Riverwalk to watch the work all summer and fall of last year.  Now that the pre-cast panels for the parking deck and the hotel are in place, further construction of the hotel interior, Loggia and Theatre buildings will continue.

“Our staff has had a birds-eye view of the construction, we felt the momentum of the construction workers and all the trucks coming and going, as if they were working alongside us,” says Settlement President and CEO Rena Tomayo-Calabrese. “At first I was sad to lose my view of the SS Peter and Paul steeple, but as I watched the building go up it got exciting.  This 21st Century projectis designed to be respectful of  the neighboring buildings. It reflects a new phase in where our city is going.  Watching the progress and appreciating the engineering and accuracy of that crane has been really interesting. We’re going to miss Frasier!”

Nick Ryan, CEO if Marquette Companies, developers of the Water Street District, says the project is right on schedule. “We’re looking forward to announcing some exciting new tenants, working with Century Walk on public art, and are progressing just as we planned.  We’ve been blessed by this mild winter, and look forward to a Grand Opening this fall.  This is going to be another amazing place for gathering with family, friends and colleagues to enjoy life.”

Time lapse video of the construction along with live feed photo updates from a camera on top of the Municipal Center can be seen at www.waterstreetcommunity.info.

During the month of February, construction includes:

Loggia Building

Structural Steel to continue

Precast plank to continue

Wall framing to begin

Hotel

Precast work to complete

Exterior windows to continue

Interior wall framing + drywall to continue

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough in work to continue

Slab on grade to continue

Roofing to continue

Concrete topping to be poured

Elevator install to begin

Parking Structure

                Elevator install

Fire Sprinkler install

Continue mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough

Theater Building

Theater Excavation/ Footings to continue

Sitework

Upper Boardwalk walls to be poured

Upper concrete piers to be wrapped in stone

Fountain walls to complete

 

 

For Media Information:  Deb Newman, Deborah Newman Marketing/Communications 630-846-4759