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Jimmy John's green-lighted for drive-thru in Plainfield

Plainfield Plaza to get significant improvements

Jimmy John's will get a special use permit to open a drive-thru in a plaza at the corner of Route 59 and Fort Beggs Drive in Plainfield.
Jimmy John's will get a special use permit to open a drive-thru in a plaza at the corner of Route 59 and Fort Beggs Drive in Plainfield.

PLAINFIELD – Jimmy John’s received approval Monday to have a drive-thru in a plaza at the northwest corner of the Route 59 and Fort Beggs Drive intersection in Plainfield.

The Plainfield Village Board voted, 5-1, in favor of granting the sub sandwich giant a special-use permit that allows for a drive-thru pickup window to be added at the vacant south end of the plaza.

Trustee Ed O’Rourke voted against granting the permit, citing concerns with potential changes to the rest of the shopping center property.

Director of Planning Jon Proulx said it was staff’s opinion that the special-use request is separate from changes to the parking layout of the shopping center, and access points to the plaza, which are being discussed.

“Staff continues to work with the developer, with the affected business owners and with residents on making enhancements to the parking lot itself,” Proulx said. “Those changes would be implemented as part of the resurfacing of the parking lot.”

O’Rourke maintained that adding a drive-thru to what is currently a nondrive-thru location will change traffic flow through the site and all the factors should be looked at as part of one proposal.

“If you’re looking at one you should be looking at the other,” O’Rourke said. “A resurfacing, I don’t know if that’s really the time to address access points. I believe the Plan Commission was concerned about that.”

The Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval at a Feb. 21 meeting.

According to village documents, “the applicant has indicated that securing this national tenant is an important component to remodeling the entire plaza, which will be a significant investment and a dramatic improvement.”

The existing facades will be removed on the south and east sides and upgraded. Village staff indicated in the Feb. 21 meeting that in response to concern from one of the neighboring residents, the rear of the property should be cleaned up and well-maintained.

A resident who spoke at the Feb. 21 meeting also was concerned about the parking arrangement and associated signage at the plaza.

The Plan Commission stipulated that approval of the site plan is subject to approval by the village’s engineering staff.

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