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.


Ed Arter July 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I would hope that this board can see thru the stalling tactic BP is now starting. Time, sometimes makes a stale donut taste good----if you get hungry enough! No hunger here, just go a few blocks away and chow down.
British Plainfield July 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Hopefully BP and IDOT can get something worked out for this development. It has always been a gas station and should remain that way. It would be a very great location and a good place to pick up a donut.
Logansdad July 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Is there even room at that corner for a gas station? The last gas station at that intersection was small and that was below the land was used to widen the intersection.
British Plainfield July 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM
There is plenty of room at this corner. This will be a smaller scale version and it will look really nice. This historic corner has always been the home of a gas station and should remain that way. Hopefully, BP can work with IDOT to resolve any concerns with traffic flow. There should be too much of a traffic problem as long as left turns are prohibited. Can't wait til they put in a dunkin donuts.
Ed Arter July 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
BP is a HUGE lobby ---They bought the Gulf / Louisiana / Mississippi / and Alabama---- The State needs Money ---- 2+2=4---Shoe boxes are free. I wouldn't be suprised if IDOT starts thinking out of the Box. That's why Plainfield Board needs to 86 this crazy idea. Hello Mike L. How about a brief lesson about what this spot has always been .
Olddeegee July 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
But there's no need for a station at this location. The only people who like this have a vested interest.
Miguel Sanchez July 03, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Egad, this discussion again. Go home BP and stop polluting our world! I think a good corporate citizen would sponsor a green area in the space instead. How about it British Petroleum?
British Plainfield July 03, 2012 at 05:26 PM
It has been a gas station since the 40s and should remain that way. Maybe BP will buy BACI too.
Olddeegee July 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
How long have you lived in Plainfield, British Plainfield? You don't sound like a resident that actually has any concern for the town.
Tony July 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I really don't care where they build gas stations I care more about the price of gas. In case no one noticed it just went up 30 cents a gallon in Joliet,just in time for the 4th of July, we lost our power Friday night and had to pay 120.00 dollars for a 60.00 dollar hotel room because the speedway had a race scheduled for the weekend. When are the will county politicians going to get off the a--es and put a stop to this price gouging everytime a holiday rolls around or a special event comes to town?
Logansdad July 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The price of gas has been coming down for over a week now. In Oswego it is around $3.29 a gallon. As for the price of the hotel, did you bother to look around for a less expensive hotel room? All hotels will raise or lower prices based on demand. You said there was a race at the speedway, that causes an increase in demand. Those that want to stay close to speedway will have to pay more. If you looked a little further away you would have found a room more in your price range. It is not price gouging - it is pricing based on demand.
Olddeegee July 03, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Prices have lowered drastically over the last few months but there has been a 30 cent spike that has to be due to the holiday. Happens every year.
British Plainfield July 04, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I've lived here for 23 years. The village needs the tax dollars from this BP station. The gas tax just went up again to close the budget gap. Plainfield needs new business including a dunkin donuts. This would be a really convenient place to get gas too.
Ed Arter July 04, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Crude Oil on May 2=$111.58/Barrel(Top) // June 28=$77.56/Barrel (Bottom) // July 3=$87.66/Barrel. Sorry to say the cycle will continue.
Marty P July 04, 2012 at 02:07 PM
We don't need another gas station. Least of all a BP station. There are three other stations within a mile of that intersection. If it was a good location the previous station would have survived.
Marty P July 04, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Hopefully not. There is no need for it nor the donut shop.
Marty P July 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Something I forgot to mention. The station will only take business away from other established business so any increase in tax revenue will be modest at best.
Plainfield Ind July 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Or is it because the big bank credit cards are now offering a 5% cash back on all fuel purchases for this quarter? Big Oil + Big Banks = screw the little guys.
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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