The southwest corner of Highway 14 and Route 47 could soon have a gas station, convenience store and storage facility after the Woodstock City Council approved a special-use permit for the development.
Glenview-based Pearl Street Commercial LLC plans to build a Casey’s General Store and an indoor storage facility at 2000 S. Eastwood Drive, the former location of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. The plans also include an outlot for an additional business, although what would go there is still undetermined.
When developer Steve Schwartz first approached the council with the proposal last summer, some members were reluctant to back the project, saying the major intersection was primed for bigger developments. Councilman Mike Turner was among those who was hesitant about the project when it first was presented, but he joined the rest of the present council in voting June 20 to approve the special-use permit and the preliminary plats for the development.
“I think this will be a very nice addition to the city,” Turner told Schwartz during the meeting. “I like the outlot a lot. I hope it’s something creative and good, but that’s up to you guys. … It’s a very prime traffic way, so something nice and upscale would be nice.”
Pearl Street Commercial plans to create a climate-controlled storage facility by repurposing the 88,000-square-foot building that previously housed Farm & Fleet. Farm & Fleet moved about 16 years ago, and the property has been used intermittently since, but not as a commercial development.
In front of the storage facility would be a Casey’s General Store, part of a gas station and convenience store chain. A third lot on the property is zoned for commercial use as well.
“[Uses for that lot] run the gamut from drive-throughs to fast-casual [restaurants] to banks, car washes and a whole host of others,” Schwartz said.
The initial plans for the development had called for a right-in/right-out access point from Highway 14, but that has been eliminated. Customers would access the businesses from Route 47 and Davis Road.
The City Council will have to approve the final plat of subdivision before construction can begin. Pending final approval from the city, Schwartz hopes to have building permits for the project secured before the end of the year. He said he expects the storage facility and Casey’s General Store to open in 2018.
“We’re excited about this,” Schwartz said.