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 new private investment into the area. The City’s Old Town/Civic Center Subarea Plan illustrates the 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.  

CURRENT STATUS

Removal of Petroleum Storage Tanks and Gas Pumping Equipment:  At the beginning of 2021, the City completed the first major step in cleaning and preparing the Site for desirable redevelopment by removing all of the underground petroleum storage tanks and gas pumping equipment on the property. The City is preparing to perform additional soil and groundwater investigations on the Site in October 2021. Results of these investigations will dictate what additional leaking underground storage tank (LUST) related remediation work will need to be performed on the Site. The City anticipates performing required LUST related remediation work in the summer/fall of 2022. The majority of LUST related investigation, reporting, and remediation costs on the Site will be paid by the IEPA LUST Program. 

IEPA Brownfields Revolving Loan:  The City has negotiated 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 can be used to pay for the demolition of the existing building improvements and the remediation of the various non-LUST related contaminates on the Site.

May 5, 2021, Public Information and Input Meeting:  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.

Building and Canopy Demolition:  The City is currently accepting bids for the demolition of the former convenience store building and former filling station kiosk, and proper removal of asbestos‑containing materials (ACM) and other regulated materials that require special handling prior to demolition. Sealed bids for this work are being accepted by the City until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021. More detailed information regarding the scope of this ACM and demolition project and bidding details can be found here. The City anticipates beginning this project before the end of 2021.

Preliminary Site Planning Process:  For the last several months, the City has been working with a specially formed Advisory Group of key community stakeholders and planning/engineering consultants on the preparation of a preferred preliminary redevelopment plan for the Site. The stated objectives and end goal for this ongoing planning process are as follows:
          Objectives:

  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.

End Goal:
City Council endorsement of a preferred preliminary site development plan that will allow City staff and consultants 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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Public Information and Input Meeting:  The City will be conducting a virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, to share information and receive feedback from the community 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.   Click here for detailed alternate site plans.

Site Map Opens in new window Facades Opens in new window Input provided at this meeting, or in writing prior the end of the day on October 20, 2021, will be shared with the Advisory Group involved in the preparation of the Preferred Preliminary Redevelopment Plan for the Site. Written feedback should be emailed to rmentzer@warrenville.il.us or sent to Warrenville City Hall, 3S258 Manning Avenue, Warrenville, Illinois, 60555, Attention Ron Mentzer. Anyone interested in the future of the Site is strongly encouraged to participate in the October 19, 2021, 6:30 p.m. virtual meeting by using the following meeting log in information:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/595725277

You can also dial in using your phone.
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