Back in the day, many developers observed vacant fields and saw a mall, or office buildings, or residential. Cullinan Properties visualized them all together, complementing each other and enriching their communities. Long before other firms recognized the synergies of mixed-use developments, we were building them in the Midwest, utilizing our unique expertise in residential properties to create live and work communities that produced outstanding results for our patrons as well as investors. And our newest project, Rock Run Crossings, will be our most remarkable yet!
The genesis of our vision comes from Diane Cullinan Oberhelman and the team she inspired. Diane began working in real estate in the early 1980s and founded Cullinan Properties in 1988 at a time when women were rarely at the helm of real estate development.
Diane quickly saw the opportunity to expand the company’s capabilities in commercial brokerage, office, infrastructure and industrial development throughout central Illinois. We established ourselves as a unique, go-to development company for landmark projects in Central Illinois (the Downtown Peoria retail/office Hamilton Square, the residential WeaverRidge with its own golf course and EastPort Marina). Combining these different uses into one synergistic project was the natural next step, and we completed our first mixed-use project in the 1990s, well before larger, national development companies entered the field.
The new millennium saw us expand into a full-service development firm and take on even more complex projects, including One Technology Plaza, the conversion of a former downtown department store site into office, retail and a parking deck; and the spectacular Grand Prairie Developments, a neighborhood unto itself with retail, restaurants, entertainment, offices and luxury apartments.
In the 2010s, we brought our expertise to markets around the country, developing one of the largest freestanding Veterans Administration clinics in the country in Austin, TX; the live-work-play Streets of St. Charles in Metro St. Louis, MO; and The Levee District, with retail, restaurant, office, hotel and civic uses in Central IL.
The 2020s will see our largest mixed-use project yet: Rock Run Crossings in SW Metro Chicago, IL. Located on over 300 acres in a fast-growing Chicago suburb, Rock Run Crossings will boast unique retail and dining, entertainment, office, multifamily and hotels to create a 24/7 community. It’s everything we’ve ever done — and more.
Diane Cullinan founded Cullinan Properties
Developed significant mixed-use projects
Grew into a nationwide presence
Rock Run Crossings in Joliet, IL
From Through Execution
Now the premier live/work/play/shop destination in metropolitan St. Louis, Streets of St. Charles was once the locally-renowned Noah’s Ark Restaurant and Hotel. Vacant for decades after its mid-1990s closing, Cullinan acquired the land in 2007 and expertly situated more than 1 million square feet of residential, office, entertainment, unique restaurants, hospitality and retail uses on just 27 acres. The property continues to grow and evolve with nationally known Funny Bone Comedy Club recently having opened and Hot Box Cookies opening later this year, as well as construction on an additional multi-family building that will commence before the end of 2021, adding 250 upscale living units to the property. Limited space remains for additional retail development.
Streets of St. Charles
Metro St. Louis
The Levee District has been more than just a successful mixed-use project on its own. It launched the rebirth of business in the community. A Caterpillar Inc. manufacturing site until 1998, Cullinan redeveloped the 86-acre site that opened in 2012 into a strong mixed-use center (including unique, locally-owned businesses) that draws guests from numerous counties on both the east and west sides of the Illinois River. In addition, other businesses were drawn to the area, doubling the offerings to the population. The tenant mix at The Levee District continues to grow with the recent opening of Panera Bread and announcement of Crumbl Cookies opening in early 2022.
The Levee District
The epitome of phased development, this former greenfield space in north Peoria was championed by Cullinan Properties with the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, a 500,000-square-foot lifestyle shopping and entertainment area that opened in 2002. Today, Grand Prairie Developments comprises nearly 2,000 acres of grocery, office, medical, multifamily, hospitality, entertainment, retail, restaurants, governmental and even educational uses, and continues to further its offerings, attracting visitors from a 30-county region with a population of 1.7 million. And it continues to expand, with a few choice parcels of land available to serve area residents, business travelers, and those who visit area attractions.
Size Nearly 1 million square feet
Components Retail, restaurants, grocery, education, entertainment, hospitality, medical, office, governmental and multifamily
Key Tenants Hy-Vee Supermarket, AMC Theatres, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Dick’s Sporting Goods
Grand Prairie Developments
While many enclosed malls are struggling to stay relevant in today’s market, our Quincy Town Center — formerly Quincy Mall — is different. We’ve kept the robust event calendar that makes it a community gathering place, and are adding new uses including a medical facility anchor to an improving assortment of retail, dining, entertainment and services. Rebranded in 2020, Quincy Town Center remains the only walkable, climate-controlled development within 75 miles and the heart of its trade area.
Quincy Town Center
All of that experience, and so much more, has now prepared us for …
From our early years, Cullinan has been forward-thinking, expanding our scope from regional to national development and to mixed-use projects, long before our peers. We continue to look forward today, creating with Rock Run Crossings a new super-regional community that will add even more services, including medical offices, to the area. Through transparent partnerships with municipalities and honest dialogue with stakeholders, we at Cullinan create and drive projects based on future trends.
Expanded into a full-service development firm
For nearly forty years, Cullinan has revitalized communities by creating dynamic mixed-use developments that serve both residents and visitors. We have extensive experience incorporating multiple uses to create developments that stand the test of time. We’ve done it all – multi-family, medical, offices, retail and dining, entertainment and hotels.
Now we’re bringing all of that knowledge, skills and perseverance to our ultimate project, Rock Run Crossings, in Joliet, Illinois, to be built on the northeast quadrant of the I-55/I-80 interchange at the Gateway to Chicagoland. The site has regional access from Chicago, Central Illinois, Iowa and Indiana markets, with traffic counts estimated at 230,000 vehicles per day. A new interchange is currently under construction and will provide access directly into the development.
Rock Run Crossings
SW Metro Chicago
The main question we’re asked is “How"? How did we foresee the need for integrated mixed-use complexes long before our peers? How do we get it done?
Our Ultimate Mixed-use Development
Our origin, which included the residential sector, gives us unique perspective into the mindset of those who’ve committed to live in a community. We begin with an idea and then engage with that community to design and build holistic projects that will complement and serve them, not just our pro forma.
Our projects are located at prime intersections and include a mix of uses that fulfill that community’s needs and the municipality’s mandates for today, tomorrow and decades to come. We’ve proven that time and again.
We envision, we listen, and we plan for the future.
Size 650,000+ square feet
Components Retail, restaurant, civic and hospitality
Key Tenants Target, Costco, Slumberland Furniture, Ross Dress For Less and Ulta
Size 1 million+ square feet
Components Multi-family residential, office, entertainment, restaurant, hospitality and retail
Key Tenants AMC Theatre, Drury Plaza Hotel, Tru by Hilton and Firebirds Woodfired Grill, PF Chang’s, Bar Louie
Rock Run Crossings’ 310 acres will be home to more than 1 million square feet of development, including 500,000 square feet of retail and restaurants; 160,000 square feet of entertainment (including a Regal Cinema); 150,000 square feet of office space; more than 500 hotel rooms and 600 multifamily units.
This super-regional development will service a massive region: one of the U.S.’ major gateway cities, with a total trade area of nearly 1.3 million people (and an average household income of more than $100,000); a growing immediate trade area, with Will County’s population expected to rise by 76% to 1.2 million by 2040; and millions of visitors from around the region and around the world.
With openings anticipated in late 2023, Rock Run Crossings brings together nearly everything we’ve ever done, in a region ripe for a new live-work-play neighborhood. It’s a singular opportunity for leasing or purchasing in one of the great growing markets in the U.S.
Retail and restaurant:
Over 1 million square feet
500,000 square feet
160,000 square feet
150,000 square feet
Entertainment, retail, restaurant, office, medical, hospitality and multi-family
TOTAL TRADE AREA STATS
Total trade area of 1.3 million; primary trade area average with average household income of $104,000; Will County population is expected to rise by 76% to 1.2 million and employment by 116% to 437,000 through 2040.
State-of-the-art Regal, with others in multiple levels of discussion and commitment
That's what we do.
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