The Naperville City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a proposal to replace a shuttered gas station at Hillside Road and Washington Street with the Hillside Riverwalk Plaza.
The project will consist of a Dunkin’ Donuts-Baskin Robbins establishment. Officials said the proposal, unlike an earlier one that was rejected by the Planning and Zoning Commission, will bring just one business to the site, rather than the four requested in the earlier plan.
“This is a welcome addition. It will be nice to see that parcel redeveloped,” Councilman Grant Wehrli said.
The new use, Council member Doug Krause noted, also will have a much smaller footprint than the defunct Citgo station now on the site. The existing structure is 6,100 square feet, more than 2 1/2 times the size of the planned doughnut/ice cream shop.
Krause also said it’s a plus that the shop will allow only right turns into and out of the site along Washington, preventing the congestion that can build up as motorists wait to turn left.
Councilman Bob Fieseler said he was pleased with the inclusion of a 50-foot easement along the eastern edge of the property that will be available for eventual extension of the Riverwalk. He also said the council “acted wisely” in turning down another prior request for approval to build a McDonald’s at the location, as the new planned use will be less intense.
Council member Paul Hinterlong asked whether the business will operate around the clock, but that option was declined and the establishment will be open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Bill Novack, head of Transportation, Engineering and Development, said the period of closure each day will not translate to a great deal of lost business.
“Really the hardest part is closing down and reopening,” he said.Tags: Baskin Robbins, Citgo, City Council, Dunkin' Donuts