ST. CHARLES – Plans to divide the former Pheasant Run Resort into three lots for commercial use have taken another step forward.
At their meeting Tuesday, plan commissioners unanimously recommended approval of the proposal. The iconic resort closed its doors March 1 following a failed attempt to auction off the resort. It had first opened in February 1963 and was annexed by the city in 1965.
Florida-based St. Charles Resort, LLC wants to divide the 46.13 acres located at the southeast corner of Route 64 and Kautz Road into three commercial lots. The Mega Center and the adjacent parking field comprise lot one and lot two consists of the former resort buildings.
Lot three is the mostly undeveloped corner parcel at Main Street and Kautz Road. Speculation has been that a car dealership plans to purchase the 35,000 square-foot Mega Center, which opened in 1985 and served as an event space for Pheasant Run.
City staff has recommended that cross access should be provided across lots 2 and 3 to allow traffic to enter and exit the subdivision from both Route 64 and Kautz Road.
In addition, "some type of sidewalk system should be provided through the development," Russell Colby, assistant director of community and economic development, told plan commissioners.
"And there is potential for a sidewalk connection at a future access off of Kautz Road, where a sidewalk crossing could be established," Colby said.
Specific development or redevelopment plans have not been submitted. Prior to 2017, the golf course property to the south was owned in common with the subject property. The golf course is now owned by the DuPage Airport Authority and had recently been operated by the resort under a lease agreement.
Edward McArdle opened Pheasant Run Resort in February 1963 on land that was previously a dairy farm owned by Colonel Edward Baker. Pheasant Run Resort generated between $500,000 and $600,000 in tax revenue for the city each year and city officials had voiced concerns about the loss of that revenue.