PLAINFIELD – In the next couple years, people will be able to live or dine in a former fire station in downtown Plainfield.
On Monday, the Plainfield Village Board granted a special use permit for planned development of a mixed-use building at 15025 S. Des Plaines St., the former Plainfield Fire Protection District headquarters.
Developers plan to convert the second level into six residential units while the first floor is transformed for commercial or restaurant use.
The plan includes the potential for a second phase in which the building would be added on to and would feature a similar arrangement, with four additional residential units.
The fire station is steps from downtown’s main strip of Lockport Street.
Interior demolition work is underway, according to board documents. The station opened in 1950 and closed in 2009, when the fire district opened a new station on South Coil Plus Drive. It was used as storage until it was sold in September.
The planned development authorizes a monument sign of up to 8 feet in height and 48 square feet in sign area, which is about twice the size of what normally is allowed downtown, according to zoning code.
The village’s staff report states that rental occupancy downtown is very high, and contact continues to come in from companies interested in locating downtown.
The total required parking for the redevelopment would range from 51 to 123 spaces, according to board documents.
In other news, trustees also officially approved Plainfield Fest’s new location in Riverfront Park and Gregory B. Bott Community Park.
The event is scheduled for June 14 through June 16. Riverfront Foundation Executive Director Robert Epley presented a plan for the move March 13 because the fest simply has outgrown downtown.
The plan will need to be revisited if rain harms the park grounds in the weeks leading up to the fest, but Epley said he is confident in the backup plan of moving the beer tent from the riverfront to Fort Beggs Drive.