Given Main Street’s role as the sole connector between the east and west sides of the Fox River, this concept plan reinforces Main Street as the central corridor of Old Town. Using a series of infill treatments, new commercial and mixed-use buildings are added to currently underutilized locations. New parking structures replace some of the displaced off-street parking as well as respond to the increase in parking demands. Home-based businesses are allowed in the existing homes further east on Main Street, which has been converted to a two-way street with a traffic signal at Washington. With the relocation of Quiltmaster to the former Public Works site, a new Village Hall is constructed. New rowhomes and multi-family buildings on the M&M Aggregate site as well as on the properties south on River Road add new residents to the area.
One of Old Town’s greatest assets is the Fox River and this concept plan focuses on connecting people to the riverfront. Mixed-use development lines a new street and plaza, bringing visitors and residents down to a new riverfront park and riverwalk. Rowhouses provide the backdrop to the park further south. The Fox River Trail is redirected to this area to bring visitors closer to the water, before it heads north over the old train bridge and into the west side of the Forest Preserve lands. Carpenter Park is also connected to the Riverfront with a greenway and bike trail. New residential development along Cleveland, River Road and Lincoln Avenue bring more residents to Old Town. The west side of the river also features a riverwalk that connects to the commercial near Main Street. A new parking structure is added on the northeast corner of Wisconsin and Main to replace the off-street parking and respond to new parking demands.