on Monday signed off on a pre-annexation agreement for a site near 119th Street and Route 30 that could one day become a gas station.
But it could take about a decade for the project to become a reality, according to Plainfield Mike Martin, who addressed the board behalf of property owners Peter and Gaylene Metrou.
The couple, owners of the in Montgomery, currently rent the property at 25491 W. 119th Street to a tenant that manufactures sheds and picnic tables. There is also a home on the property.
The property is located in unincorporated Will County and is not contiguous to the village.
The pre-annexation will allow the parcel to be annexed into the village if the owners of the Sabadash farm property to the north agree to become part of a contiguity corridor. Martin said the Metrous are working with the owners of the Sabadash property to proceed with annexation.
Planner Michael Garrigan said once annexation is complete, the property owners hope to have the parcel rezoned B1 (business) to allow for the development of a fuel station, car wash and convenience store with drive-thru.
The applicants would have to come back before the board for rezoning and site plan approval before proceeding with development plans.
According to Garrigan, the applicants are also seeking a zoning change from the Will County Land Use Department to allow the tenant’s business to remain on the site.
It will be some time before the Metrous move forward with plans for the gas station.
“I can’t imagine it being any less than 10 years,” Martin said, adding road improvements would first need to be completed.