Old Town Redevelopment Site #2

Old Town Redevelopment Site #2 (formerly Phillips 66/Citgo Gas Station)

28W244 Warrenville Road


PROJECT OVERVIEW  
After four years of negotiations, the City acquired the property formerly known as Pride/Phillips 66/Citgo gas station at 28W244 Warrenville Road (the “Site”) in July 2020. The City’s ultimate goal is to replace the contaminated and dilapidated gas station with uses that would enhance, rather than detract from, the character of the Old Town historical heart of the community and attract desirable private investment into the area. The City’s Old Town/Civic Center Subarea Plan illustrates the coordinated redevelopment of this Site and the three adjacent City-owned properties to the north, with private mixed-use development along the adjacent street frontages and a new community open space amenity and path in the floodplain portion of the property along the river. The contamination that has existed on the Site for more than 30 years must be properly remediated before it can be redeveloped.  

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CURRENT STATUS

Preliminary Site Planning Process (Ongoing):  In the summer of 2021, the City created an advisory group of key community stakeholders to work with City staff and planning/engineering consultants on the preparation of a preferred preliminary redevelopment plan for the Site. The objectives for this ongoing site planning process include:    
    1. Engage stakeholders and community leaders to guide the development of the plan,
    2. Define desired private redevelopment and public open space uses,
    3. Establish appropriate building scale and orientation,
    4. Establish how parking needs for the redevelopment project will be accommodated,
    5. Improve bike and pedestrian accommodations and safety in the area, and
    6. Support incremental and coordinated implementation of preferred redevelopment plan.

The end goal of the process is the City Council’s endorsement of a preferred preliminary redevelopment plan that will allow the City to:
•    Design and implement cost-effective environmental site remediation activities on the Site; and
•    Professionally communicate the City’s vision for the Site to the community, desirable businesses, and quality developers.

Public Information and Input Meeting:  The City conducted a virtual meeting on October 19, 2021, to share information and obtain community feedback on the type of land uses and site design details that would be desirable and appropriate to incorporate into the redevelopment of this important and prominent site.  The audio and video recording of the public input portion of this meeting is available here. A summary of the public input provided during the ongoing preliminary site planning process is available  here.  

Click here to review the draft/in-progress preferred preliminary redevelopment plan alternatives A and B.

Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Related Remediation (Ongoing)

In January of 2021, the City completed the first major step in preparing the Site for desirable redevelopment by removing all remaining underground petroleum storage tanks and gas pumping equipment on the property. The City continues to work with the IEPA to perform additional soil and groundwater investigation activities on the property. Results of these investigations will dictate what additional remediation work will be required. The City anticipates performing required LUST-related remediation work in the summer/fall of 2022. The majority of the LUST-related investigation, reporting, and remediation costs will be paid by the IEPA LUST Program. 

Building and Canopy Demolition (December 2021):  The City’s contractor abated all  asbestos‑containing materials (ACM) and other regulated building materials and then demolished the former convenience store building and former filling station kiosk.

IEPA Brownfields Revolving Loan (October 2021):  The City executed an intergovernmental agreement with the IEPA for up to $775,500 in no interest, partially forgivable, Brownfields Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) for the Site. This funding will be used to pay for demolition and environmental remediation-related costs of the various non-LUST related contaminates on the Site.
 
General Public Information and Input Meeting (May 2021):  
The City conducted a virtual public information and input meeting on May 5, 2021, to share information, address questions, and accept feedback on:

  • Why the City acquired the Site,
  • Scope and status of contaminates on the Site, 
  • Plan to “clean” the Site, and 
  • General future plans for the Site. 

The audio and video recording from this meeting is available here.