Bond Companies Begins Development of Naperville's Springbrook Prairie Pavilion: Whole Foods First Retailer to Begin Construction at 270,000 Square Foot Center Located at 75th St. and Fort Hill Drive to Open Summer, 2008

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Construction has been started by Bond Companies for the 270,000 square foot Springbrook Prairie Pavilion and by Whole Foods Markets for its first store in the Naperville area.

Springbrook Prairie Pavilion will be an exciting contribution to Naperville

    Springbrook Prairie Pavilion, located on a 27 acre site at the northwest corner of 75th St. and Fort Hill Drive in Naperville, is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2008.

The announcement was jointly made by Robert J. Bond, President of Bond Companies, as well as Patrick Bradley, Midwest Regional President for Whole Foods, and Naperville Mayor George Pradel who attended groundbreaking ceremonies at the site.

Springbrook Prairie Pavilion features a central plaza integrated into the design that will add a new retail lifestyle experience, including use for events, programs and other gatherings. Springbrook Prairie Pavilion also is designed as a pedestrian-friendly shopping center, with bike paths and sidewalks leading to the DuPage County Forest Preserve.

Furthermore. Springbrook Prairie Pavilion is the first development in DuPage County to pursue LEED Silver Certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

In addition to Whole Foods which will occupy a 50,000 square foot site at the center, other premier retailers which have made commitments at Springbrook Prairie Pavilion include Loehmann's, Cost Plus World Market, HomeGoods, Nordstrom Rack, Buffalo Wild Wings, Road Runner Sports, Bank of America and Chase Bank.

Springbrook Prairie Pavilion is being developed by Bond Companies along with its joint venture partner, MDC Properties of Hinsdale. The architect is Stewart-Nosky Architects and the general contractors are Weis Builders for Springbrook Prairie and Novak Construction for Whole Foods.

"Springbrook Prairie Pavilion is more than just another typical suburban center. We have gone to great lengths to make certain it is different in form and function. The design assures that it will blend almost seamlessly into the surrounding natural environs. In addition, there are many 'sustainable' features that contribute to the preservation of the environment," said Robert J. Bond, President of Bond Companies.

"Springbrook will be the first center in DuPage to pursue LEED Silver Certification. The high quality, premier retail organizations that have made commitments to Springbrook Pavilion understand the need for sensitivity to our environment and thus total concern for our neighbors in Naperville and all of the surrounding communities," Bond added.

"Springbrook Prairie Pavilion will be an exciting contribution to Naperville," said Mayor George Pradel. "The center is both an example of the type of environmentally pragmatic property we aspire to have in our community as well an example of the significant overall commercial and office growth we have been fortunate to achieve during the previous year."

Whole Foods Markets (Nasdaq: WFMI), based in Austin, TX., currently has 15 stores in the Chicago area. The company is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and the nation's first certified organic grocer.

"We are excited about the new location at Springbrook Prairie Pavilion and the opportunity to be closer to the area consumers who embrace a healthier lifestyle and seeking better options to fulfill their ever-changing needs," states Patrick Bradley, Whole Foods' Midwest Regional President.

"There is a greater awareness of food - where it comes from, how it is grown, produced and raised, and whether it's organic and sustainable. Because of this, more shoppers are turning to natural and organic foods than ever before. Whole Foods Market is addressing these needs to help make natural and organic foods more accessible to people by broadening our product offerings and building more stores, such as the Springbrook Prairie Pavilion store which will open in 2008," Bradley added.

The Naperville location exemplifies Whole Foods' aggressive growth plans for the Chicago area.

"Bond Companies is delighted that Whole Foods has chosen Springbrook Prairie Pavilion. From our long relationship working with Whole Foods, we know they have a rich history of establishing a deep commitment to each of the communities they serve and will become an integral part of the Naperville community," said Bond.

Bond Companies, with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Richmond, Va. has been developing and financing award winning, economically sound, mixed-used environments and retail projects since 1987. The Company has a distinguished record of accomplishment in transforming properties -- be they ground-up construction or the renovation of existing structures -- into vibrant new communities offering a new generation of opportunities for those who live, work, study and / or simply visit these new centers of attraction. Bond Companies applies its innovative vision to integrate the differing demands of multi-family residences with retail stores and offices along with hospitality and accommodation facilities. All is done with the utmost concern for creating energy efficient, environmentally sustainable properties.

The LEED Silver Certification is awarded by the USGBC, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition. The organization promotes design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings and thus improve occupant health and well-being. In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

The LEED "green" building rating system offers four certification levels for new construction -- Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum - that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

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