PLAINFIELD – Plainfield Plan Commission members on Tuesday recommended special-use approval of new plans for a previously approved two-building outlot in the Target development at 127th Street and Route 59.
But commissioners had concerns about traffic congestion created by the addition of the drive-thrus.
The applicant, Vequity, presented a plan to turn the 1.2 acres of parking lot space south of Chili’s into two new multi-tenant buildings with drive-thrus. The site sits just south of Chili’s, between the main parking lot of Target and Route 59.
While no businesses have been confirmed for the location yet, Vequity representative Ryan Murphy said the north building’s north end cap will host a quick-service restaurant. And the two buildings mean changes in parking as well.
“The plan before you is based on tenant demand to add the drive-thru,” Murphy said. “It does add a few more parking spaces than before because it’s a more efficient plan.”
According to the plan, the two buildings would each be surrounded by parking. There would be one access point off the Target parking lot. Cars for the north building’s drive-thru would go straight to the east end of the property and head counterclockwise around the building.
Motorists also would head counterclockwise around the southern building for the drive-thru tenant.
According to village documents, village staff noted that the drive-thru uses are far enough from the residential area across Route 59 so noise and lights wouldn’t be a concern. Also, the staff claimed the nearby businesses wouldn’t be negatively impacted by the site plan.
While commissioners were fine with the overall scope of the plan, they raised concerns about the single access point to the site, and how the orientation of the drive-thrus would impact vehicle backup.
The commission agreed with Commissioner Dan Seggebruch’s suggestion that an emergency-only access road be installed at the southwestern end of the site. But commissioners went through with recommending approval of the special use for drive-thrus to be added to the two buildings.