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Strip Mall Needs Road to Be Closed, Memorial Moved

The 10,000-square-foot development is proposed for land next to the Route 59/Main Street Walgreens.

A new strip mall will be built on Route 59 near Main Street – if the village agrees to close a portion of Oak Street and move the American Legion war memorial to to accommodate the project.

The 10,000-square-foot development on a site next to the Walgreens at 14902 S. Route 59 needs the additional land in order to be economically viable, village Planner Michael Garrigan said Monday. The space would allow for up to eight new storefronts to be built, one of which could have a drive-through window, he said.

A concept plan submitted by developer Lee Fry Companies Inc. of Naperville won the village plan commission’s endorsement last week, and will go before the next week, Garrigan said.

Were approval to be granted, a final development plan could be submitted over the winter and construction could begin as soon as spring, he said.

But two fairly significant aspects of the project – the war memorial and the public street closure – will need to be negotiated so the village is compensated for the property and the cost to move the monument, Garrigan said.

Both are doable, he said, but village trustees have not had a chance to publicly weigh in on either.

A proposal to close the one-block portion of Oak Street that intersects with Route 59 was broached earlier this year when Route 59 reconstruction and widening was under way. At that time, some residents objected to the idea because of the inconvenience of losing a street they routinely use. It was also suggested a one-block portion of Arnold Street, which is one block south of Oak, could be closed instead.

There are no houses or businesses on either street.

richard September 28, 2011 at 04:07 PM
I think closing the half block of Oak st. is O.K., and moving the monument is a good idea but the picture is of the wrong monument!
Joel Craig September 29, 2011 at 03:39 PM
While I generally agree with everything Ed (and Brian Bart above) has to say in the comments, I'm just not sure this is the place for a development of this size or type. Considering we've just fixed traffic flow issues in this area, you can not now create an instance where NB traffic is going to be bottle-necking here attempting to turn left. It's not only unsafe it's just bad traffic planning. It's not always about the money.
Ed Arter September 29, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Thanks Joel, You are correct--Any "angled" intersection presents saftey issues and design challenges. I'm sure the developers will have to address this before they are allowed to build.
Greg September 30, 2011 at 09:09 AM
I wouldn't worry about traffic as there is no need for another strip mall. More vacant store fronts shouldn't impact traffic. Just what we need. Last I checked there are a couple of places closed down on main street so their is space open . They can't give away the building that Baci was in. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. INSANITY
Ed Arter September 30, 2011 at 11:01 PM
You got a good handle on the problem Mr. Conscience. Heavy loading from Rt.126(angled Intersection) at rush hour in one direction and complimentary heavy loading from Rt.30(angled Intersection) in the other direction; add a couple of angled side streets at the Monument along with limited distance storage laneage and find a real problem for even the most experienced Traffic Designer. Some relief will come from the 143rd extension ,helping the 126 problem ,and the Renwick road bridge which should help the Rt 30 problem to a degree. There is no feasible cure all solution unless we choose to go with a one way/alternate divergence/total area redo--a ridiculous idea. So for now the easiest solution at the subject mall would be a S.B.Rt. in / Rt out with excell/decell aux lanes within the limits of the strip mall property outside the existing Rt 59 ROW (kinda like a frontage road idea)----The Developer pays to widen/control. N.B. well---No Left turns allowed--go to 126 like at Walgreen .

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