Romeoville approves Blain’s annexation, special use

Brock A. Stein | 1/13/2016, 11:02 a.m.
Plans are moving full-speed ahead with a planned Blain's Farm & Fleet store at Airport Road and Weber in Romeoville.
The first Blain's Farm & Fleet store in Will County is to be built on Weber Road in Romeoville.

Things are moving ahead for a planned Blain’s Farm and Fleet store in Romeoville.

Trustees have approved a special use permit, annexation of 29 acres, and zoning change for the planned 122,000 square foot store, the first in Will County for the family owned chain.

The village first announced the new store in October last year and approved an annexation agreement for the 29-acre plot at the southeast corner of Weber and Airport Roads at a special meeting on December 23.

The family owned chain operates 36 stores, the closest one currently in Montgomery near Route 30 in Kane County.

Romeoville Mayor John Noak said that store officials have already closed on the property which will include 7 commercial outlots. The store will sit across from the Walmart on Airport Road and south of a Target store.

The site will utilize current signalized intersections near Airport and Weber and will add a “right in, right out” access point on Weber Road said Noak.

The precast stone and steel structure will include 497 parking spaces and features like a covered customer pick up area.

Village Manager Steve Gulden said that the new structure wouldn’t interefere with FAA restrictions for the nearby Lewis University Airport site.

The new store will be the first in a new redesign for the chain and will include some LEED--energy efficiency—aspects with skylights included in the design to take advantage of natural light.

Noak said in October that the location for the store would set it up as a “destination” for shoppers outside of the village and would be an opportunity to reach “a much broader demographic” of shoppers from outside of the village.