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Speedway plans new Route 53 gas station in Joliet

JOLIET – Speedway plans to build a gas station with truck fueling on Route 53.

The Speedway would be the third large fuel center to be built in recent years on Route 53, the major truck route connecting the growing warehouse and industrial complexes on the south end of Joliet with Interstate 80.

The Speedway, which would include a convenience store and restaurant area, would be built on four acres at 2121 S. Chicago St.

The site is on the west side of Route 53 at Emerald Drive, the entry road into the Laraway Crossings Business Park that now is home to two Amazon fulfillment centers and is where Ikea is building a 1.25 million-square-foot distribution center.

The area is north of the Laraway Road intersection, where Route 66 Food n Fuel Center opened in 2013 and Pilot Travel Center opened in 2015.

Cadence Premier Logistics also plans to add a truck service and fuel center as part of its new corporate offices and truck depot in Laraway Crossings.

The Joliet Plan Commission will consider an annexation agreement for the Speedway site when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The site is now residential and would be reclassified for general business zoning.

A Speedway representative could not be reached Tuesday to comment on the plan.

The Speedway will include a convenience store and café, along with areas for car and semitrailer fueling, according to a city staff report for the plan commission.

Truck parking is proposed for back area for short stays, not overnight parking, according to the report.

A compressed natural gas building also is being proposed for buses and trucks that use that fuel.

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