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Vote on BP Gas Station Proposal Delayed

Developer asks for more time to have IDOT review plan to build a new gas station at Route 59 and Route 30.

The developer hit the brakes Monday night on a controversial proposal to build a BP gas station at the southeast corner of Route 59 and Route 30 — at least for now.

G.C. Real Estate LLC had sought village board approval to rezone the property, which was once home to the Go-Tane gas station, to B-1 business.

The plan raised the ire of some residents and met with the disapproval of the plan commission, which last month recommended that the village board deny the developer’s rezoning and special use requests for the property.

On Monday, trustees voted to remove the requests from the village board meeting agenda, acting at the request of the developer.

Planner Michael Garrigan said the developer is seeking more time to have the proposal reviewed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In early June, plan commissioners suggested G.C. Real Estate do just that, after an architect for the project said the proposal included a full access point on Route 59, as well as shared use of an alleyway along Route 30.

During a second appearance before the plan commission on June 19, architect Eric Eriksson said his client was willing to make the Route 59 entrance a right in, right out, and eliminate the shared-alley proposal.

Even so, plan commissioners rejected the gas station plan, which called for eight fuel pumps, a 3,600-square-foot convenience store and a possible drive-thru such as a Subway restaurant or Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Tony July 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM
In Joliet it was $3.29 Friday then $ 3.65 Monday , you can call it what you want it is still gouging. If charging visitors to Joliet double the normal price for a hotel room seems acceptable to you then fine, I think it stinks and if I were a visitor I would stay home and watch it on TV next year.
Marty P July 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It's not gouging. It's what the market will pay. Now days with all of the sites and apps which will tell you the lowest prices you only have yourself to blame. Near work in Schaumburg it's 0.20-0.30 more expensive, so I get enough to get home and then fillup. Take your business elsewhere.
Michael Lambert July 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Well, in response to Ed Arter's question about the history of "the Point:" "Always" is one of those terms that can be very dangerous! Most recently, going back to 1937, the site has served as a gasoline SERVICE station with increasingly-less-successful stations in recent decades that makes the profitability of a new station at this site questionable...especially since the other 5 former gas stations in the immediate vicinity have disappeared or been converted to other uses. From 1937 back to 1896 or so,the site was a residence which is probably not a good use to return to either. For a period of years between 1896 and back to about 1888, the site was abandoned, which we can all (likely) agree is not a good option for the future. From about 1888 back to 1867, the site was the Robert Webb Wagon Shop, a use that, I believe, is pretty certain not to be revived. From 1867 back to 1849, the site was a foundry and manufactory which would not be permitted in the area today (unfortunately the State review process missed the archaeological site that was exposed during the recent road construction and may have been an educational exploration) Before 1849, the site was a patch of virgin prairie, an open common...which, perhaps, is what many of the nearby residents are suggesting as the best alternative for development of the now-vacant site.
British Plainfield July 12, 2012 at 03:44 AM
The holiday is long gone and the spike is still in effect.
British Plainfield November 14, 2012 at 07:03 AM
BP is currently offering the cheapest fuel in Plainfield. No other stations offer the BP lineup of different fuel options with invigorate that helps prevent sludge buildup to help protect your engine. Plainfield desperately needs another BP choice in the Village. It is time to knock down the house near Route 59 and Route 30. Let's protect the history of this location by putting in a gas station. Rather than putting in a modern gas station, I propose BP use older pumps that replicate the early gas stations in the 40s and 50s.

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