Report: Proposed Gas Station-Car Wash Put on Hold by Will County Committee

County officials ask residents upset over a proposed Lenny's Gas N Wash at 194th Street and Harlem Avenue meet with the station's developer to work out their issues, Sun-Times Media reports.

The Will County Board Land Use Committee put on hold Tuesday recommendations for the special permits for a controversial new gas station and car wash near the intersection of 194th Street and Harlem Avenue, Sun-Times Media reports.

In the meantime, county officials hope Leonard McEnery, the developer of Lenny's Gas N Wash, and residents near the proposed location can come to an understanding, the report stated. Homeowners living in Tinley Park and Frankfort Township are concerned about increased traffic and possible health and safety hazards that could come with the new station and its proposed car wash and liquor sales, the report continued.

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Although McEnery could build a gas station on the site without special permits, he needs them if he wants to sell alcohol in the station's convenience store and have a car wash, the report stated. Last week, the Will County Planning and Zoning Commission voted against the project, the report continued.

Will County Board Chairman and Frankfort Township Supervisor Jim Moustis brokered the proposal for the two sides to meet before a decision is made and warned upset residents that if the station proposal is halted, projects with "a much heavier commercial use bordering on industrial" could be developed on that site, the report stated. Moustis also said that even if the committee shot down McEnery's request for permits, the Will County Board could still approve it.

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“I’m disappointed we weren’t able to come out with a vote that was in our favor, obviously,” Tinley Park resident Sandra Rennie, whose house would look out at the proposed station, told Sun-Times Media.

No dates were given for when McEnery and the residents would meet or when the committee would vote on the permits.


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Paulie Gualtieri November 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Are these the same folks that were up in arms when Tinley Park wanted to put a Walmart near that location? They can't expect it to stay farm land forever and Tinley Park could have definitely used the tax revenue from that Walmart!
Joe Miller November 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Are we now living in the twilight zone? Residents & locals ought to be welcoming and encouraging ANY local investment in this increasingly degrading economy. And with the tax scenario (fiasco) that is assuredly on our horizon, especially these “middle class” residents ought take special cognizance. C’mon everybody, wake up! A little competition against the (3) Speedways on Harlem would benefit all locals. Has everyone forgotten that 2+2=4???


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