New Lenox approves new Route 30 retail development

Michelle Mullins | 7/28/2016, midnight
The village is moving ahead with plans to redevelop a lot at the corner of Route 30 and Cedar Road.
New Lenox Village Hall

Plans are proceeding to bring a new retail development to Route 30 and Cedar Road in New Lenox.

The New Lenox Village Board on Monday approved several proposals paving the way for CVS Pharmacy and a shopping center with a Fleckenstein’s Bakery, Durbins restaurant, Zembar Jewelers and another retailer to begin site work this fall.

The retail developments will be built on about 3.5 acres of land where the village previously purchased and demolished the vacant Pit Stop bar, House of Hughes restaurant, dry cleaners and BP gas station.

The village board has long been working on a plan to turn a formerly blighted corner into a thriving new development that would bring in more sales tax dollars for the village. The sales tax that is generated from the new businesses will be used to help fund construction of a new Metra station, village officials have said.

Before construction can begin, the village must satisfy additional requirements from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that soil and groundwater samples under the former gas station are clean.

“All testing so far has come back clean,” village manager Kurt Carroll said.

The board on Monday also approved a resolution to sell the property for $450,000 to Heidner Properties, Inc., to develop an 8,400-square-foot retail building that would include Durbins, Fleckenstein’s and Zembar Jewelers. Another tenant, which would occupy about 1,400 square feet of space, has yet to be named.

Mayor Tim Baldermann said his staff did a great job getting the new businesses to develop in town.

“It’s been a lot of moving parts to get this thing going,” he said.

In other news, the village board issued a liquor license to Portillo’s Hot Dogs, 2306 E. Lincoln Highway. The liquor license is valid to serve beer and wine only.