Over 1,200 residents oppose it. The Village Plan Commission unanimously rejected it. The Environmental Commission was excluded from reviewing it. Yet the Village Board voted yes to it...a 12-pump gas station and 4,200 sq. foot convenience/liquor store at Historic Stacy's Corners.
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The Community's concerns...
Health and Safety Concerns
Increasing traffic safety hazard for children arriving and departing from school due to expected congestion. According to the Traffic Impact Study performed for this project, there will be an estimated 40% increase (an additional 782 trips per day) in traffic volume generated by this gas station. Fuel tankers will exit making a right turn onto Main Street crossing the center line in the road. Left turns onto Main Street from the gas station will be allowed. This is an accident waiting to happen.
Exposing our kids to a serious health risk with increased gas fumes and vehicle exhaust resulting in higher concentrations of Benzene, which is carcinogenic to humans and classified as a hazardous air pollutant. “Increased risk of childhood leukemia was found with residential addresses near gas stations...”
Not evaluating impacts of increased air pollution for the kids at Forest Glen and developing an environmental assessment report, as recommended in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) School Siting Guidelines. The Village's Environmental Commission Chairman notified the Village President in writing on March 8 and March 22 about the EC's readiness and willingness to serve the Village in reviewing this project. There was no engagement from the Village President or Board.
Attracting crime to the local neighborhood. In 2016, a similar gas station in Glen Ellyn had 148 events that required police intervention.
Destroying beautiful, healthy trees for a 4,200 foot convenience store. Plans to fit 12-pumps, underground gas storage tanks, and retention basin on 3 lots require removal of numerous 10” or greater diameter breast height trees and many more smaller, healthy trees. We counted over 200.
Undermining our valued recognition as a "Tree City USA" for over 30 years.
Replacing trees' natural benefits with chemical runoff. Trees fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms. 100 large mature trees intercept 204,000 gallons of rainfall per year, reducing the need for storm water controls, and providing cleaner water. Additionally, site plans show that the proposed gas station's land base elevation is 11 feet higher than the residential properties directly behind it which poses additional challenges for an area with existing water issues.
Aesthetic and Financial Concerns
Choosing marginal $140k tax revenue/year in exchange for decreased property values and anticipated cannibalization of local businesses and associated tax revenue. A top local realtor with extensive experience has provided a written assessment to the Village Board indicating homes within the .5 mile surrounding area may see a 25-35% property value decrease.
Contrasting the rich, historical charm of Stacy's Tavern Museum with the gas station's 17 foot tall, 130 foot long, 19-hour lit canopy. The proposed site for the gas station sits directly across from Ward Park and the Historic Stacy's Tavern Museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the Village's Comprehensive Plan, Five Corners serves as the northern "gateway" to the Village and "commercial uses should be oriented primarily to the needs of surrounding residents..."
Using the past as justification for a Special Use Permit and ignoring previous failures. This project is nearly 5 times larger (11,752 vs. 58,757 sq ft) than the demolished gas station that occupied 1 of the 3 parcels over a decade ago. Two additional parcels of land were recently re-zoned as commercial to accommodate the massive scale of the proposed station. It plans to operate 24/7 and sell liquor. The size and operation of this gas station development far exceed that of the prior station. Also, the Village had to remediate the failed gas station on the original parcel using $90,000 of our tax dollars. We do not need another gas station!
“The Village of Glen Ellyn is a desirable community in which to live, work and play, with unique character and charm, a small-town feel, urban amenities and a high quality of life.”
- 2017 Village Vision Statement
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With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.
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