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Regardless of opposition, fuel station plan strikes ahead in Wheeling

Opponents are protesting a plan to construct a Gasoline N Wash station and different companies at Hintz and Previous Buffalo Grove roads in Wheeling. The proposal gained the advice of the village’s plan fee Wednesday night time.
Courtesy of Wheeling

After hours of debate that included feedback from critics, Wheeling’s plan commission on Wednesday night voted to suggest approval of plans for a fuel station and different companies on the village’s west facet.

However help for the proposed Gas N Wash operation on the northeast nook of Hintz and Previous Buffalo Grove roads wasn’t unanimous. Two of the commission’s seven members — Steven Kasper and Rick Hyken — voted towards three separate points of the proposal. Kasper solid the lone “no” vote on a fourth ingredient of the plan.

Along with the fuel station, a comfort retailer providing video playing, a liquor retailer, a automotive wash and no less than one fast-food restaurant are deliberate.

The roughly 4-acre property is usually vacant. A shopping mall there was demolished in 2022, and a shuttered service station that’s on a separate, adjoining parcel would meet the identical destiny.

The location adjoins the Mallard Lake Apartments and is throughout Previous Buffalo Grove Highway from the Brook Run apartment and townhouse complex in Arlington Heights. Single-family properties are throughout Hintz Highway to the south.

A Gasoline N Wash and different companies are deliberate for the northwest nook of Hintz and Previous Buffalo Grove roads in Wheeling, proven right here. The proposal gained the advice of the village’s plan fee Wednesday night time.
Joe Lewnard/[email protected], Could 2024

Opponents have expressed fears about visitors, air pollution, noise, crime and different points. The damaging monetary impacts of playing had been of explicit concern Wednesday night time to Arlington Heights resident Burton Litwin.

“This can be a on line casino camouflaged as a fuel station,” Litwin stated. “I do know it’s going to wreck individuals.”

Chris Kalischefski, an architect engaged on the venture, rose to defend the plan. Amongst different factors, he stated Gasoline N Wash amenities are environmentally safer than fuel stations as soon as had been. He additionally stated Gasoline N Wash amenities haven’t led to extra crime.

Alex Kugar, the vice chairman of finance for Gasoline N Wash, stated the corporate desires to companion with the communities wherein it operates. As a compromise, he stated the diesel pumps on the station could be inoperable between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Along with recommending preliminary approval of the general plan for the event, the plan fee really helpful approval of particular use permits for a automotive wash and a liquor retailer there. It additionally really helpful approval of a request to consolidate the 2 parcels right into a single lot.

The village board, which has remaining say over the proposal, possible will talk about the Gasoline N Wash plan July 1, Village Supervisor Jon Sfondilis stated in an e mail Thursday.

Some individuals dwelling close to the intersection of Hintz and Previous Buffalo Grove roads in Wheeling oppose a plan to construct a fuel station and different companies there.
Joe Lewnard/[email protected], Could 2024

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