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Batavia aldermen recommend approval of Speedway plans

Gas station to be located at Wilson Street and Kirk Road

BATAVIA – A proposed Speedway gas station has moved another step closer to being constructed at the northeast corner of Wilson Street and Kirk Road on the city’s east side.

Speedway wants to build a 4,608-square-foot retail store that would be open 24 hours a day as part of the project. Aldermen at Tuesday’s Joint Committee of the Whole meeting unanimously recommended approval of the project.

Speedway had requested a variance to allow outdoor retail sales and merchandise display to be located not adjacent to the building. Aldermen approved the plans without the variance.

The recommendation now will go on to the full City Council for review.

Speedway officials said the intersection was well suited for a gas station.

“This intersection has great demographics,” Rich Yost, division project manager for Speedway, told aldermen.

Yost said the station is expected to generate $250,000 a year in sales tax revenues for the city. There are no gas stations along that stretch of Kirk Road in Batavia.

“You could be losing that revenue to neighboring communities, such as Aurora,” Yost said.

One resident who lives near the intersection voiced concerns the station would increase traffic in his neighborhood.

He said the station would be better suited further north, such as at the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Kirk Road.

Kane County has jurisdiction over the county.

The Kane County Division of Transportation has indicated that several intersection improvements are planned as part of the project, including widened pavements, right-turn lanes approaching Wilson Street and the Kirk Road ingress, lengthening of the southbound Kirk Road left-turn lane at Wilson, installation of a new traffic signal, and accessible crosswalks with pedestrian/bike push buttons and countdown timers.

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