Windfall Group gains support for 190-unit resi development in Aurora

Project would add to the firm’s growing national portfolio

Renderings of Pacifica Riverview at 309 N River Street in Aurora and City of Aurora's Chief Management Officer Alex Alexandrou (LinkedIn, Windfall Group)
Renderings of Pacifica Riverview at 309 N River Street in Aurora and City of Aurora's Chief Management Officer Alex Alexandrou (LinkedIn, Windfall Group)

Downtown Aurora could be getting an alluring makeover.

A City Council committee in the Chicago-area city recommended plans for Windfall Group to build Pacifica Riverview, a seven-story multifamily apartment building with 190 residential units on the western side of the Fox River downtown, the Aurora Beacon-News reported.

The aldermen that make up the Aurora Building, Zoning and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a conditional planned-use development as a preliminary plan for a site that is currently serving as a city parking lot along River Street.

Renderings of Pacifica Riverview at 309 N River Street in Aurora (Windfall Group)

Renderings of Pacifica Riverview at 309 N River Street in Aurora (Windfall Group)

The 190 residential units will mark the beginning of a new neighborhood on the north end of downtown that will connect along the river and RiverEdge Park. The 2.3-acre development will include studio units as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. There will also be 10 two-story row houses with rooftop terraces along the riverfront. The low-rise apartment building will also have a rooftop terrace on the third floor for its residents.

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The city’s chief management officer, Alex Alexandrou, compared the project to Chicago’s River North area, and told the outlet that the city was going to be “creative and inventive” about developing the new neighborhood.

Windfall Group, which is currently developing the Pacifica Square shopping center on the far East Side, has developments across the country using the Pacifica branding.

Pacifica Riverview, at 309 North River Street, is being billed as a transit-oriented development due to the nearby bike trails and its proximity to the transportation center. Because of this designation, the development only has to have 1.5 parking spaces for each unit. Aurora city planner Tracey Vacek said development officials are closely monitoring the downtown parking situation as more developments rise and will likely seek funding for an official parking study in 2023.

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