Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tri-Cities residents, Patch wants to hear from you on the issues that affect you and your neighbors.
Welcome to Tri-Cities Talk—a regular feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on current issues facing Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked the Tri-Cities community in recent days on local Patch Facebook pages. With summer close at hand, that means it's almost time for festival season in the Tri-Cities. Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles offer a multitude of warm-weather festivals, which brings us to this week's question: Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section. Terry Jean Bradley-Stephano: Festival of the Vine, hands down!...our daughter and friends buy hats at "The Paper Merchant" and …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Crain's Chicago Real Estate Daily says the Commons shopping center is up for sale.
Chicao Real Estate Daily is reporting that the Geneva Commons shopping center have failed to pay back a $40.4 million loan when it came due May 1 and that the 438,000-square-foot shopping center is up for sale. The property is owned by two limited partnerships advised by Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd., according to the Chicago Real Estate Daily website powered by Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's says the retail market is bouncing back from the recession, and Geneva Commons has a 91.3 percent occupancy rate, according to a listing on CBREmarketplace.com. "CBRE is pleased to present qualified investors this offering of a 100% interest in Geneva Commons, a core-quality lifestyle center located in the affluent and growing Chicago suburb of Geneva…
More than a year after the death knell was sounded by a certain former Patch columnist, downtown Geneva is showing resurgence, tenacity and good health.
Geneva developer and landlord Joe Stanton says the death of downtown Geneva was greatly exaggerated. Former Geneva Patch columnist Jeff Ward started sounding the death knell of the downtown in a column that ran in October 2011 headlined, "Why I Think Our Downtown Will Disappear." As late as mid 2012, three of the four corners of Third Street and State Street were vacant—the State Bank building on the southwest corner, the Merra-Lee building on the southeast corner and the Erday building on the northwest corner, which was vacated by Kiss the Sky on June 30, 2012. Only Starbucks remained on the corner that defines Geneva's two major downtown business thoroughfares. Then came news that Grunwald Jewelers was leaving, due to retirement, and …
Every week, Patch profiles a luxury home currently for sale in the Tri-Cities.
Cost: $985,000 Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 6 Square footage: 5,528 Built: 2004 Details: The full-brick home at 707 Lusted Lane in Batavia in Tanglewood Hills subdivision has a large foyer opening to a kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, and a den with built-ins leading to a sunroom. First-floor features include hardwood floors and coiffured cherry hardwood ceilings. All four bedrooms have walk-in closets, and the master offers his and hers walk-in closets, a sitting room and fireplace. The second and third bedroom share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The fourth bedroom has a full bathroom. In total, the home has 6,500 square feet of finished living space, including a basement with theater, exercise, game and great rooms as well as storage and a …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A newly-released national database shows that there's a huge disparity in what hospitals charge patients for services. Delnor falls is the "1 to 2 times national average," according to the New York Times.
Delnor Hospital in Geneva charged more than the national average for the majority of 100 common procedures, according to statistics compiled and released Wednesday by the Obama administration. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services database includes more than 3,000 hospitals and reveals a signficant disparity in what hospitals charge for services. An article in the Huffington Post spotlights one of the more-dramatic examples: a $100,000 charge at Boyonne Hospital Center in New Jersey versus a $7,000 charge at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx for treatment of the same ailment—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The two hospitals are less than 30 miles apart. Crain's Chicago Business reports Thursday the highest…
You could purchase one of three comparably priced homes for $450,000 in Batavia, Geneva or St. Charles. Which would you choose?
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
First in a Series: Geneva businessman and development Joe Stanton says he'd love to see a restaurant return to the iconic riverfront property, but a more likely scenario would be high-density riverfront living.
News Flash: Joe Stanton has made a bid on the Mill Race Inn property. And he's not alone. "I actually have an offer in on the Mill Race property, as do a few other people," Stanton said during an interview after Monday's City Council meeting. The property has gone into foreclosure, so the price has dropped by more than $1.3 million from its listing a year ago. "I think the bank has been realistic on what they want on it, so I would assume a deal would be forthcoming pretty soon," Stanton said. Stanton has no illusions about the challenges of developing the site, which very likely suffered some additional damage in the Great Flood of 2013. "You have a building next to the river that’s been vacant, and without air conditioners or heaters …
Got a tip on a good brunch? Is there an event or activity perfect for mom? Do you have a family tradition to share? Let us know in the comments field!
We're looking for a few good suggestions for Mother's Day 2013 in Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles. Got a suggestion to share? Do you own a business or a restaurant and have a Mother's Day special? Is there a gift you can recommend that others might enjoy? Where do you take mom for this special day? Let us know in the comments field below. We're looking for special ways to spend the weekend and honor our moms.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Take a look at the public and private sector job openings we found in the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.
In the private sector, Indeed.com lists the following opportunities in the immediate area: Let Patch save you time. Have local stories delivered directly to your inbox with our free newsletter. Sign up for Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The lineup is in for free summer concerts every Wednesday and Sunday night in June at the popular shopping center on Randall Road.
The lineup has been named for the 11th Annual Geneva Commons Summer Concert Series, which kicks off Wednesday night, June 5. The free outdoor concerts will continue each Wednesday and Sunday evening through June 30 in the shopping center’s courtyard between Houlihan's and Bar Louie. Concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. This year, the first 100 attendees at each concert will receive a free insulated beverage and snack tote. The artist line-up is scheduled as follows but subject to change without notice: Wednesday, June 5 – WILD DAISY (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Led by energetic singer Krissi Woods, this band plays current country hits, as well …