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Owner Eyes Future Gas Station for 119th Street Site

But the change will be a long time coming; trustees OK'ed a "pre-annexation" agreement for a property that could be developed into a fuel station in the next decade, owner says.

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. 

Tina August 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Now that is where a gas station is needed!
British Plainfield August 10, 2012 at 02:52 AM
We also need another gas station at the Route 30 and Route 59 intersection. They also want to incorporate a Dunkin Donuts in the BP gas station. This would be a great convenience, provide the much needed tax revenue for the Village, and uphold the long standing history of remaining a gas station.
Erica August 10, 2012 at 03:24 AM
The last thing we need on Route 59 anywhere in Plainfield is another gas station - even one with a Dunkin Donuts. There are already plenty of gas stations within a short distance of that area that have plenty to offer the needy snacker. Besides, that small area of land could never safely handle the entrace and exit traffic that would be created.
British Plainfield August 10, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Traffic could easily be handled if the entrances were limited to right in right out access. The flow of traffic would improve around town if everyone would put down their cell phone and drive. Seems like more and more people are standing at a green light foolin around with their phone. A Dunkin Donuts would be convenient before hitting the interstate. I went to Thortons yesterday and there was only one pump available. The area needs more fuel access.
Olddeegee August 10, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Give it up. Plainfield won't build a gas station there. Were you too lazy to cross the street? What's your financial interest here anyway?
British Plainfield August 10, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Cross what street and buy gas where? There is no Dunkin Donuts across the street either. You must be confused with another town.
Olddeegee August 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I was talikng about your complaint about needing more gas pumps on 59, cross the street from Thorton's at Renwick and 59 and there's a station. You're thinking of another town. Also, who needs a Dunkin' Donuts at a busy intersection anyway? Where do you live? Also, WHAT'S YOUR FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THIS?
Ernie Knight August 10, 2012 at 02:19 PM
So to support a gas station at 59 and 30, where there has ALWAYS been a gas station, there must be a finacial interest involved? Sorry. I support it too. Its a great spot, IF traffic is controlled properly. Where should we put gas stations in the middle of nowhere? And Dunkin Donuts at a corner? Egads! Is it possible in a forum like this to consider the merits and NOT make personal accusations and call names?
Ed Arter August 10, 2012 at 02:28 PM
right in/out =wrong Improve flow = wrong cell phones = correct Donuts = wrong Interstate = wrong More 59 pumps = wrong
Miguel Sanchez August 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I wish they would build another Grandma's Table there. They no how to manage a business for the long haul.
British Plainfield August 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I don't have any financial interest in this location. Just an interest in convenience and support for the Village tax base. Traffic will not be an issue in this location as some have mentioned. No other gas station has traffic congestion issues especially if its right in and right out. Just put the cell phone down and drive.
CL May 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I'm not nut nuts about having what's now a farmland feel turn into commerce like this, but times change - and honestly if it would force major road changes on U.S. Rt. 30 and 119th. That part is an absolute necessity even now, and I'm shocked no one has died in any of the accidents in that intersection in the couple of years I've lived here. Did you know that most of the ones from this intersection don't even MAKE it into The Patch? There was just one within the last week and either I missed it or it's not there.

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