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Minooka board approves Dominos proposal

Noise, light concerns addressed with buffer to neighborhood

Domino's will set up shop in Minooka. Unlike this Shorewood location, however, the Minooka location will be a stand-alone building with a drive thru lane.
Domino's will set up shop in Minooka. Unlike this Shorewood location, however, the Minooka location will be a stand-alone building with a drive thru lane.

The village of Minooka will get a new Domino's, after an agreement was reached with the owner of the pizza franchise to tamp down the light and noise effects the restaurant could have on owners.

Last week, the Minooka Village Board approved a conditional use permit and the preliminary and final plats of subdivision for a Domino's inside the Brannick Court Business Plaza on Ridge Road.

The approval was delayed for one month following concerns from neighbors in the Indian Ridge subdivision whose properties back up to the site. In June, Nick Krol, who owns a home directly backing up to the site, told members of the village board that the restaurant and its drive thru window, slated in the original plans to stay open until 2 a.m., was too close for comfort.

"I bought knowing that there is commercial property there, understanding all the obstacles that could happen with that," Krol said in last month. "But, I did not know that we were going to put a drive thru so close to our residential area."

Domino's franchisee Mark Ratterman said he is committed to working with neighbors to make sure the experience works well in everyone's favor, and worked with the village on tweaks to the site.

Ratterman owns more than 60 of the pizza chain restaurants in the Springfield and St. Louis areas. He said the bulk of Domino's business comes through delivery, and estimated about 25 percent of the carry out customers utilize the drive thru. He said it's unusual to have more than two cars at a time waiting for pickup.

Last week, the village approved the plans with the following stipulations:

• Hours of operation for the drive thru will be restricted to no later than midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

• The drive thru will not utilize an amplified speaker.

• The building will have significant landscape buffering between the business and the adjacent home sites.

The front of the building will face inward to the business plaza, so that the drive thru window does not directly face the back of any homes.

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