Curtis Road Interchange Master Plan

The Curtis Road and I-57 interchange area is a key southwest gateway into Champaign and the University of Illinois.  Prior to construction of the interchange, City Council recognized that the adjacent land would become very desirable for development.  In 2007, City Council adopted the Curtis Road Interchange Area Master Plan to coincide with the opening of the interchange.  The Plan was a result of many months of study, including a market analysis, stakeholder interviews and significant collaboration with the community.  The Plan envisions an area with a mix of high quality commercial, office and residential uses, with trails and public gathering spaces that serves both interstate travelers and nearby residents.

Following the 2008 recession, development interest in the area waned.  Because of changes in the commercial and employment market since then, some of the recommendations of the Plan are no longer accurate.  For example, it is unlikely a second shopping center like Marketplace Mall will be built here as the original market analysis anticipated.  It has also been determined that certain aspects of the development review procedures and standards are unclear or difficult to navigate.

Renewed development interest has prompted a review and update of the 2007 Master Plan.  The updated plan will build on the original vision for high quality development, while reflecting current market realities.

December 7, 2015 Neighborhood Meeting:

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Lacey Rains Lowe, Senior Planner
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2007 Curtis Road terchange Master Plan