What's Being Built on 75th Street Near XSport?

Wondering what all the construction buzz is about on 75th Street near Beebe Drive? Patch has the answer.

Construction crews work on the site of a future Walmart Supercenter on 75th Street and Beebe Drive Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Collin Czarnecki)
Construction crews work on the site of a future Walmart Supercenter on 75th Street and Beebe Drive Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Collin Czarnecki)
If you frequently travel on 75th Street in Naperville, you may have noticed a bit of construction dust being stirred up near Beebe Drive during the past few months. 

The site will be the future home of a new 170,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter, which will take the place of Walmart's current Naperville location, 776 S. Route 59.

The supercenter will be 50,000 square-feet larger than the current Naperville location and will also include a grocery. Walmart will be bordered by Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve to the south and east. The site was previously part of the forest preserve before it was zoned for commercial use.

Earlier: City Moves Forward With New 75th Street Walmart

Under an agreement with the city, Walmart was required to obtain ownership of the property by April 30, 2013, with the store open and operating by April 30, 2014.

Naperville City Council members voted unanimously in August to adopt a resolution giving Walmart a $1.75 million sales tax incentive over 10 years to relocate within the city.

City Council members said approving the resolution was necessary to keep Walmart in Naperville as the retailer had plans to move their new store to Aurora if the store did not receive the sales tax rebate.

The city has said that if the retailer moved to Aurora, Naperville would risk losing the sales tax revenue Walmart generates, which is roughly $500,000 a year.

In the past, similar tax rebates have been given to other large developments in Naperville like the Naperville Marriott hotel. The city has said the incentive helps “prime the pump” for tax revenue returns down the road.
Kerin Smith July 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Why couldn't the remodel the building they have? Now we will have a more massive traffic issue on 75th and another large, empty building. :(
Agnes July 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Destroying land for another big box store.
Naper guy July 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Gave them $1.75mm and let them take a piece of our forest preserve - I wish Naperville hadn't
Will Joseph July 19, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Ms. Smith, Ms. Agnes and Mr. Guy: Walmart = 800-lb. gorilla.
Albert Gazalooch July 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I hope a new tennent fills the old store site! Too many vacantcies in that square mile.
Karl Fry July 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM
The property was never part of the forest preserve. It was part of candy heiress Helen Brach's estate along with the rest of the land on the SE and SW corners of the 75th and 59 intersection. Kevin is right about the traffic, though. I expect it to be a complete mess. Council should have required intersection improvements.
Michele Becker-Fenton July 22, 2013 at 07:45 AM
As a new resident to Naperville this sickens me. Demolishing the prairie bit by bit for another big box. There is a ton of space where they currently are- half that center is already empty. Plus the added to 75th st will be a nightmare.
Jennifer Evers July 22, 2013 at 02:07 PM
And what will be done with the old building? Or will it just become another run down, empty space on that end of Route 59? There's already too many empty buildings on that part of 59 (Stein Mart), most of the strip mall across the street where Sports Authority is. I understand that the existing structure for the Wal-Mart was older and probably is need of being town down and rebuilt in the first place because they neglected to keep it up. Why is it now the burden of the city to maintain this eye sore? Won't a new tenant that comes in need to gut it to make it useable?
James Moulton December 18, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Because Naperville wanted to ensure that they didn't lose $5 million in sales tax revenue to Aurora(over 10 years) they gave Walmart a tax incentive of $1.75 million over those 10 years (an almost 40% break). However, each Walmart store costs taxpayers $900,000 a year in wage supplementation caused by their Low, Low... Wages. So in summary, YOU just paid $1.75 million to save $5 million so that you could pay $9 million in taxpayer funded public benefits. Meanwhile, if you are a small business owner competing with Walmart and wondering why you can't match their prices no matter how hard you try...


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