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Channahon Village Board peeks at possible new development

Mixed-use subdivision proposed along Route 6; Lone Star reboot site plan gains approval at Monday night meeting

Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

Channahon village trustees this week gave guidance to a developer on a plan for a 12-acre mixed use development of homes, duplexes, apartments and commercial buildings.

Blackjack Builders wants to develop the area on the north side of Route 6, east of Bell Road and west of McKinley Woods Road.

The Peninsula at Ravine Woods subdivision might front Route 6 with a Dollar General store. Just behind the store would be a long two-story building with office/business space on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.

The subdivision also would contain four triplex single-family homes, 18 duplex single-family homes, 25 detached villa houses and common open areas. The developer is considering dedicating some of the homes for ages 55-plus.

The property is one of the many in the village that was platted before the recession and never built. In 2003, the land was annexed. It was platted for townhome development in 2007, and the plat was vacated in 2010.

The proposal brought before the board this week was a concept plan, which Director of Community Development Michael Petrick explained is a general idea in which the developer looks for input from the Village Board in the initial stages of property development.

Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher and some trustees did not like that the homes did not have basements, adding that the development as seen on the concept plan alsp appears too dense.

Developer Bill Vessel said the density would help keep the prices down, but Trustee Patricia Perinar said she was concerned that the turns in the roads would be too narrow for emergency vehicles to navigate.

Village staff and the developer plan on looking at additional possibilities for the plan.

A second concept plan was put before the Village Board this week, this one by Core Homes, which would like to build a 10,800-square foot multi-tenant commercial building in Park Place subdivision, which is off the intersection of Route 6 and McDonald Drive.

The lot is zoned commercial, and anticipated uses for the units would be office and service with indoor storage. 

The site would not be used as a truck terminal, Petrick said, and would not have overnight hours.

Staff recommended a nice design with appropriate berms and landscaping, since the building would be adjacent to residential housing.

Approved at Monday’s meeting, to a roomful of applause, were the final site plan and a special use permit for the new Lone Star Grill, which property owner Themis Sparagis plans on resurrecting from the old Lone Star Restaurant, which burned down more than three years ago.

The restaurant will open in the same location, 25208 W. Eames Street, possibly in late fall.

The Lone Star rebuild has been a long time in the making, with various site plan locations. A public hearing on the new proposal was held before the Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month.

Themis said the restaurant will offer the favorites of the original, including Italian beef, gyros, hamburgers, salads and soups made fresh daily. Breakfast will not be served, however, as it was previously.
A drive-thru will be new to the plans, as well.

Also at the meeting, resident Dave Farro paid tribute to former Channahon Planning and Zoning Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Hiller, who died the week prior, and the board held a moment of silence to honor him.

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