Downtown Construction Projects

The City of Elgin has invested more than $300 million in its downtown over the past decade with new streets, sidewalks and sewers, beautiful parks and riverwalk, state-of-the-art rec center, award-winning library and grants to help property owners restore the historic character of more than 75 buildings. This public investment has encouraged millions in private investment to bring new residential developments and independent businesses to the district. And we’re still growing.

To keep our downtown stakeholders in the loop, the DNA publishes a weekly Downtown Construction E-Update. You can access our most recent update at the bottom of the page.

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The following is a list of our current public and private downtown construction projects.

Central Business District Streetscape Improvement Project
Owner: City of Elgin
Project Manager: TranSystems
Approximate Cost: $35 Million
Funding Source: Central Area TIF Fund
Start Date: 2006  |  Expected Completion Date: 2014
The streets and sewer systems in the central business district of the downtown have been completed rebuilt through the CBD streetscape improvement project. Elements include water main replacement and sewer separation, utility replacement, new sidewalks and curb and gutter, brick paver streetscape accents, planters with irrigation, decorative street lights, street furniture, additional street trees and repaving of the streets. The project will enter phase 5 of the seven planned stages this spring. Learn more about this project >

Riverside Drive Promenade
Owner: City of Elgin
Project Manager: IHC Construction  |  Project Designer: Hitchcock Design
Approximate Cost: $13 Million
Funding Sources: Illinois Jobs NOW!, DCEO, Central Area TIF Fund
Start Date: June 2012  |  Expected Completion Date: Summer 2013
The Riverside Drive Promenade is the the last 1500 feet of downtown riverfront to be redeveloped and will complete the riverwalk that begins at Gail Borden Library to the north and ends at Grand Victoria Casino at the south. Features include permeable pavers, bio-swales, traffic calming devices and bicycle paths consistent with existing riverfront improvements in Elgin’s downtown.