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Batavia aldermen approve Speedway plans

Station will be built at Wilson Street and Kirk Road

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 10:05 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia aldermen have given the green light to the construction of a Speedway gas station at the northeast corner of Wilson Street and Kirk Road on the city’s east side.

Speedway plans to build a 4,608-square-foot retail store that will be open 24 hours a day as part of the project.

Aldermen at Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting approved the plans.

Speedway also has committed to partnering with the city to bring a windmill to the site.

Batavia once was known as the windmill capital of the world for being home to six windmill factories.

Rich Yost, division project manager for Speedway, had told aldermen that the intersection was well suited for a gas station.

Yost said the station is expected to generate $250,000 a year in sales tax revenues for the city.

There are no gas stations along that stretch of Kirk Road in Batavia.

Kane County has jurisdiction over Kirk Road.

The Kane County Division of Transportation has indicated that several intersection improvements are planned as part of the project, including widened pavements, right-turn lanes approaching Wilson Street and the Kirk Road ingress, lengthening of the southbound Kirk Road left-turn lane at Wilson, installation of a new traffic signal, and accessible crosswalks with pedestrian/bike push buttons and countdown timers.

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