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Developer wants to turn vacant Shop Fresh site into Thorntons gas station, car wash in Woodstock

Developer seeks to build gas station, car wash

A developer is seeking to demolish the former Shop Fresh Market in Woodstock and turn the property into a Thorntons gas station and car wash.

Heidner Properties, based in Hoffman Estates, has applied for a special-use permit to develop its plan for the property at 300 N. Eastwood Drive, located on the corner of Route 47 and Irving Avenue. The shopping center that already exists at the location where the new development is proposed contains the vacant grocery store along with a Dollar General, Resistance Vapor and a laundromat. All of those businesses would remain on-site. The grocery store would be demolished to make way for the Thorntons, according to city documents.

The grocery store formerly was a Wisted's Country Market, which closed in early 2016. Shop Fresh opened several months later in the same location, but closed in late 2017.

Heidner Properties isn’t seeking “truck stop” status in Woodstock, which would allow for the installation of video gambling machines, Joe Napolitano, Woodstock’s building and zoning director, said Tuesday.

Members of Woodstock’s Plan Commission have recommended that City Council members approve Heidner Properties’ plan for the 6.5-acre property.

According to the proposal, Heidner Properties would construct a 4,500-square-foot convenience store and gas station with eight fuel dispensers under a canopy on the southwest portion of the site. A “state-of-the-art” conveyor belt-style car wash is planned to be situated to the north and the west of these fuel pumps, according to the project description. Plans call for 33 parking spots to be allocated for gas station and convenience store customers with an additional 14 parking spaces dedicated for the car wash.

Heidner is proposing a new “right in, right out” access point off Route 47, which Illinois Department of Transportation staff first would have to approve. The developer also would have to build sidewalks in front of the property along Route 47, according to the city’s unified development ordinance.

Woodstock City Council members are expected to discuss the development proposal during an upcoming meeting, although a date hasn’t yet been announced.

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