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Evergreen Real Estate Group withdraws petition for Campana redevelopment

Photo: Tim Sullivan

The City of Batavia has officially received notice that Evergreen Real Estate Group is withdrawing the petition for a Planned Development zoning map amendment for the Campana redevelopment site at 901 N. Batavia Avenue, Batavia. The historic building was targeted for rehabilitation into one-two-and three-bedroom apartment units. The existing commercial spaces in the 1960s wing and the 1990s warehouse were to be retained. 

Evergreen notified the City of Batavia through a letter to Scott Buening, Director of Community Development. The wording provided by David Block, AIA, AICP and Director of Development for Evergreen Real Estate Group, 566 Lake Street, Suite 400, Chicago, included the following. “We respectfully withdraw our petition for a Planned Development zoning map amendment for the Campana Redevelopment site at 901 N. Batavia Avenue.” 

On May 2, 2017, the City Council's Committee of the Whole (COW) reviewed an Initial Land Use Proposal Review for a proposed redevelopment of the Historic Campana Building at 901 North Batavia Avenue by Evergreen Real Estate Group. A complete development application was received on June 1st, 2017. The Plan Commission concluded their review on September 6th.  The Historic Preservation Commission approved a Certificate of Appropriateness on September 11th, 2017. The City Council Committee of the Whole review began their review on September 19. The Committee made a positive recommendation to the full city Council on October 10th.  The City Council reviewed the project on October 16.  

At the City Council meeting on October 16, 2017, The Batavia City Council voted to postpone their vote on the Campana project until November 6, 2017, allowing time for any remaining questions to be posed and answered. Answers to these questions were discussed at a special Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. City Council review was continued to November 20, 2017 where the Ordinances were continued to February 5, 2018.

The withdrawal of the petition by Evergreen concludes the review and approval process, and no further action or consideration of the proposal will be conducted by the Committee of the Whole, City Council or commissions previously reviewing the project.

According to paperwork submitted by Evergreen in its original narrative, “The Campana Factory at 901 N. Batavia Avenue in Batavia, first completed in 1936, was designed by architect Frank D. Chase (1887-1937) in association with Childs & Smith. The building was purpose-built as a factory for the Campana Company, a popular manufacturer of beauty products best known for the Italian Balm hand lotion. The building’s Bauhaus- and Art Deco-inspired design was both functional and beautiful and served as a powerful marketing tool for the Campana Company until it left the building in the 1960s.”

Rehab work was to include restoration of the main entrance tower (both interior and exterior) and ribbon of glass block windows flowing around the entire building. The building was zoned MU (Mixed Use) with a request that the City of Batavia review and approve an application to overlay a planned development (PD) to the existing classification.

Complete information on the supporting documents and review processes is available on the City of Batavia website.