Plans for a Thorntons gas station at Collins and Jackson streets in Joliet go to the Plan Commission next week with no decision announced yet on what to do with the 19th century limestone house near the corner.
The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday for the final plat for a project that so far has received strong support.
The City Council in October voted, 8-0, for business zoning for the property where the gas station will be built. Neighborhood leaders have voiced support for the gas station and a representative from the the city’s historic preservation commission said the group would not object.
But potential commemoration and even relocation of the 1851 limestone house on Jackson Street still is under consideration.
“The city is still getting back to us,” said Michael Hansen, attorney for the developer. “They are researching the matter to see if they can get some prices and if the house can be moved.”
The city has considered relocating the house to a nearby lot, although costs still are under review. It also is considering a demolition that would save some limestone for a commemorative marker.
“We’re still looking at our options for a possible move,” Joliet Director of Planning Michael Schwarz said. “There’s no definite decision as to whether that is going to happen or not. Obviously, the fallback will be to salvage any material for some other decorative project.”
The plat that goes to the Plan Commission primarily deals with details of the Thorntons gas station.
The station would include a 4,400-square-foot convenience store and parking for 23 vehicles, according to a city memo on the project. The gas-pump canopy will be 5,360 square feet and accommodate fueling for 20 vehicles.
The station would have right-in, right-out access on Jackson and Collins streets with full access along East Clay Street.
Staff is working with the developer on a gateway feature at the intersection of Jackson and Collins streets, which some have suggested could be where the limestone from the 1851 house could be used.