BATAVIA – Batavia Enterprises officials told plan commissioners Wednesday they are waiting for the results of soil borings before moving further on plans to move Walgreens from its 12,650-square-foot store at 138 W. Wilson St. in the Batavia Plaza into a 15,000-square-foot building with a drive-thru just east of East China Inn in the shopping center.
“We think we can make it work no matter what,” Batavia Enterprises President Dan Stellato told plan commissioners. “We kind of expected poor soils.”
Batavia Enterprises owns Batavia Plaza. Stellato said the results should be ready in the next two weeks.
Stellato said the new Walgreens store might have to be built on piers, which is what happened when the new McDonald’s restaurant was built in downtown Batavia. The Fox River used to flow through the property before the area was filled in 1960 when the plaza was built, he said.
The plans for the store have elicited debate because the store would be set back about 70 feet from Wilson Street. The city’s zoning code requires a front building setback to be 10 feet or less.
Austin Dempsey, vice president of Batavia Enterprises, said the company is working with city staff on refining the plans.
“It is Walgreens’ intention to try to work out a project that Batavia can be proud of,” Dempsey said.
Plan commissioners continued the project’s design review until their meeting June 19.