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Speedway Station Slated for Rt. 30 and Renwick in Plainfield

Plans for a Gas City station at the same spot were scrapped after the owner filed for bankruptcy; now, a new project is in the works.

Construction could start this spring on a Plainfield Speedway station. Credit: screenshot, www.facebook.com/SpeedwayStores
Construction could start this spring on a Plainfield Speedway station. Credit: screenshot, www.facebook.com/SpeedwayStores

After sitting vacant for eight years, it looks like the corner of Route 30 and Renwick Road will be home to a gas station after all.

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  • Trustees voted 5 to 1 Monday in favor of a proposal by Speedway to build a gas station on 5.6 acres at the southeast corner of the intersection — the same site originally slated for a Gas City station and retail development known as Heron Point.

    Approved in 2005, plans for the Gas City fell through when the company filed for bankruptcy and its existing gas stations and truck stops were auctioned in 2011.

    Alex Chakonas, a rep for Ohio-based Speedway, estimated the project will bring between $350,000 to $500,000 in annual tax revenue to Plainfield. He said the station will have 15 to 20 employees to start, and could eventually grow to as many as 40 employees.

    On Monday, representatives for Speedway unveiled plans to transform the site into a fueling station with 10 pumps and three diesel lanes for trucks, plus a 4,600-square-foot convenience store.

    The station would operate 24/7, but there would be no overnight parking for trucks, and no designated parking areas that would allow truck drivers to leave their vehicles idling, according to a Speedway rep.

    Reps also said the station will comply with village ordinances regarding outdoor storage. Businesses must request permission from the board if they wish to have outdoor storage, Mayor Mike Collins said.

    Collins also quizzed Speedway reps on whether they have discussed their plans with IDOT, which is slated to begin widening the Route 30 corridor from I-55 to Route 59.

    “The State of Illinois will have up to seven lanes outside of the property,” Collins said.

    A rep said the company is working with IDOT and will make sure the gas station project does not impact the state’s right-of-way.

    Village Planner Michael Garrigan said the gas station is also following lighting standards so as not to impact the nearby Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, saying the proposal calls for the use of mostly LED lighting.

    “There should be no lighting overspill,” Garrigan said.

    Trustees ultimately voted 5-1, with Dan Rippy opposing the proposal, to approve the project site plan and to have the village attorney draft an ordinance approving a major change to the planned development.

    Garrigan said construction on the station will likely begin in the spring.

    "We could use the gas tax," trustee Jim Racich told reps for Speedway. "We're really encouraging you to do this."

    geohondro December 17, 2013 at 08:37 AM
    About time they put something in that eyesore of a lot. Now they need to get working on the old truck stop at I55 and route 30. It looks like the ghetto.
    jolietkenny December 17, 2013 at 09:13 AM
    What a shame! They're worried about the lights! The constant noise will drive the birds in the Rookery away. All in the name of tax income. The area does not need another gas station. At the very least, nothing except businesses closed at night should have been allowed to build there. I always thought that lot and the one by the old motel were perfect for condo's with roof top decks. Beautiful view! Better to be left empty untill the right project comes along then build a noise factory.
    geohondro December 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM
    They should just expand mega sports!
    Ericus Alanas December 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
    What gas station has 40 employees? Thats a pretty loose estimate unless its also an amusement park.
    Dan B December 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM
    No Eric, that is 40 part time employees.
    Tina December 17, 2013 at 03:13 PM
    I wish somebody would concentrate on gas stations further west on 30....111th maybe? There seems to be more of a need in that area.
    Ericus Alanas December 17, 2013 at 03:23 PM
    estimating 2 people per shift, each employee would receive ~8 hours of work per week. The typical national average of gas stations with convenience stores have 7-8 employees. There are 4 other gas stations in the vicinity, at that point cost cutting would be necessary with the decline in net revenue per gas station, unless their end goal is to drive other gas stations out of business, which i have no problem with since its natural selection. So either their prices with need to be higher to compete with the level of service, or the estimate is off. Overall I don't see realistic estimates.
    Ericus Alanas December 17, 2013 at 03:25 PM
    woops 5 other gas stations in a one mile vicinity.
    Kathy December 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM
    Plainfield Village is always so forward thinking! For example the north side of Plainfield @135th and rt59 - there's Tuffy, Bartels, Ford fix it place, Tire discount and Oil change auto spa - that's at least FIVE car repair facilities within a half mile. Not to mention the dentists, dry cleaners and banks there too. I realize this is all tax income - but come on Plainfield - get original - make people want to visit and spend money! They just get boarded up sooner or later. And what about our promenade on rt30 - it's a ghetto - that whole rt30 is trashy looking (55 to 59)!

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