Plans are moving forward for a new commercial complex with a drive-thru on Highway 14 after the Woodstock City Council backed the development at its Sept. 5 meeting.
Chicago-based Troutman and Dams LLC wants to build a 10,400-square-foot, multi-unit complex in front of Farm & Fleet at the southeast corner of Highway 14 and Lake Avenue. Tenants could include a hair salon, dentist, physical therapist and “national” coffee chain, developer Eric Dams said.
The council was largely supportive of the development, which needed a special-use permit and a new plat of subdivision from the city in order to progress. The developer hopes to break ground this year.
“I’m very appreciative of it,” Councilman Mark Saladin said. “I like the design, I like the way it looks. I’m happy to see it come to Woodstock.”
The development calls for 60 parking spaces and a drive-thru lane on a 1.29-acre lot that will be separated from the parking lot of Farm & Fleet, the current owner of the property. Some council members had concerns the project was too crowded for the site and questioned whether there was enough room in its parking lot.
“It just seems like there isn’t a need for it to be as tiny as it is,” Councilwoman Maureen Larson said. “… It just looks jammed in there to me.”
Building and zoning director Joe Napolitano said the complex meets the city’s design and parking requirements. He added more development is likely to come to that stretch of highway.
“I see this as the beginning of a progression of future buildings down that lot,” Napolitano said. “The first one’s always the toughest. It’s always going to look strange because it’s just sitting there. But I think once the remainder of those outlots develop, I think it will look more cohesive.”
The council unanimously approved the project.