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Batavia Enterprises moving ahead with Walgreens plans

BATAVIA – Batavia Enterprises officials said they remain committed to bringing a new Walgreens to downtown Batavia.

“Our goal is to bring to downtown Batavia a building the city can be proud of,” Batavia Enterprises vice president Austin Dempsey said Wednesday after meeting with plan commissioners.

Commissioners granted Batavia Enterprises’ request to continue design review of the plans until the Sept. 18 plan commission meeting. In the meantime, Batavia Enterprises will bring the plans before city aldermen.

Batavia Enterprises wants 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.

Batavia Enterprises owns Batavia Plaza.

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.

The project includes a few other challenges, including a large storm drain line that runs through the city-owned portion of the property.

The line acts as an overflow route from the southern tip of Depot Pond to a point in the Fox River just north of the city of Batavia’s ESDA garage.

“We do believe we have found a way to engineer around the line,” Dempsey said.

In addition, because the property has poor soil, the new building would have to be built on concrete caissons or piers.

Dempsey said those improvements would qualify for tax increment financing funds from the city.

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