Old lamp factory to be a site for townhome development

14 units will be 'eclectic, contemporary, Chicago-styled'

Construction starts this month on Crystal Lofts, a townhome development, at 13th and Indiana avenues in St. Charles. The project is expected to finish by April 2019.[]

ST. CHARLES – A former lamp factory site at 13th and Indiana avenues in St. Charles will be transformed into a luxury townhome development called Crystal Lofts.

Crystal Lofts developer and architect Jeffrey Funke of St. Charles first presented his concept plan for the townhomes to the city in August 2017, and the City Council approved the project in December 2017.

Nine of Crystal Lofts’ 14 townhomes will be within the existing brick building, which dates to the late 1800s. The building will be renovated to retain its historical elements.

“It’s like the building has been waiting all of these years for us to make something that will turn the heads of all the people that see it,” said Bill Brooks of Berkshire Hathaway/Starck Real Estate in St. Charles, listing agent for the townhomes.

The other five townhomes on the east end of the property will be all new construction designed by Funke and his team from 316CONSTRUCT of Chicago.

The development design features a unique transition between the brick building and new construction, which adds a contemporary style but doesn’t overpower the original structure, Brooks said.

“It’s not too often that people are able to repurpose such a large building and make such drastic design changes without losing the original beauty of the building,” Brooks said.

Brooks defined the architecture of the development as “eclectic, contemporary, Chicago-styled.”

Construction is set to begin this month, and the entire project is expected to be finished by April 2019.

Priced between $399,000 and $489,000, the townhomes will range in size from about 2,000 to 2,700 square feet. Each townhome will have a garage.

The city in December rezoned the property from M-1 Special Manufacturing District to RM-3 General Residential District to allow for the townhome construction. The city did not have a role in attracting or incentivizing the project, said Russell Colby, St. Charles Community Development Division manager.