7-Eleven Gas and Store Proposed for Waukegan Road

7-Eleven Gas and Store Proposed for Waukegan Road

A longtime gas station at the corner of Waukegan and Shermer Roads will have a new brand and look under a preliminary proposal presented to the Village Board. GW Properties, new owner of the property, plans to demolish the current Mobil gas station and car wash and build a 3,000 square foot 7-Eleven convenience store with five gas pumps and a new carwash facility. The same company has a similar 7-Eleven proposal underway for the current Mobil station at Techny and Shermer Roads.

Trustees were enthusiastic about the envisioned improvements to the current gas station, which Trustee Ciesla characterized as “tired, but always busy.” The new design reduces the current multiple curb cuts to only one on both Shermer and Waukegan, a strategy that the Board felt was safer. Trustee Israel indicated his concern for noise and light spillover, which might require limits on hours of operation. Trustee Collison questioned the lack of a defined loading space for the store’s retail products, concerned about traffic disruptions caused by truck deliveries.

Trustee Collison also asked about the impact the two new 7-Eleven developments would have on the existing store at 1512 Shermer Road. Mitch Goltz of GW Properties stated that the present store will be closed once the new gas station and store to the south have opened.

The Board referred the proposal for the Waukegan Road 7-Eleven to the Plan Commission and Architectural Control Commission for further review.

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