Glen Ellyn village trustees on March 13 voted to approve a special-use permit for the gas station and convenience store proposed at 825 N. Main St. They also approved sign code variations for the project.
Voting "yes" were trustees Dean Clark, Pete Ladesic, Diane McGinley and Tim O'Shea. Trustee John Kenwood was absent from the meeting.
Trustee Mark Senak abstained from voting on the project. He wanted to table the vote because he said the board didn't have sufficient information on whether a special-use permit should be granted for the project.
"Shame on you," residents said, in addressing trustees after the vote.
Trustees will vote at a later date on the petitioner's requested variations from the village's zoning code, along with the project's exterior appearance.
Members of the village's Plan Commission in February recommended against approving the project. Numerous concerns had been raised by commission members and nearby residents, including stormwater runoff, the need for additional landscaping and fencing, the gas station canopy not fitting the character of the neighborhood, and lighting.
Trustees in February 2016 voted to sell the 1.35-acre property to True North Energy LLC for $630,000 for the development of a gas station and convenience store. Previously, a dilapidated gas station had been located on the property, which is near Stacy's Tavern Museum.
Residents at the March 13 meeting voiced several concerns about the project and how it would affect their quality of life. Jessica Commo, who also lives on Forest Avenue, started an online petition opposing the plans. To date, more than 700 people have signed the petition.
Commo is concerned about her kids being able to get safely to and from Forest Glen Elementary School if a 24-hour gas station is built one block from the school. According to information provided by the village, the village's consultant determined the proposed gas station would have a minor impact on the existing roadway network because the majority of the users of the site would be from passing traffic.
In addition, the village is requiring that there be no left turns into the site on Main Street, and DuPage Count is requiring there be no left turns out of the site onto St. Charles Road for safety purposes.
True North Chief Operating Officer Ryan Howard told village trustees and residents at the meeting that the company has revised its plans to make the project fit in better with the area.
"We wouldn't have offered these concessions unless we really desired to be part of your community, which we do," Howard said.