Romeoville OKs reuse of two commercial properties
By Brock A. Stein For The Herald-News July 20, 2012 8:34AM
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:40AM
ROMEOVILLE — Creative reuse of properties has helped commercial growth remain steady in Romeoville throughout sluggish economic times, according to officials.
The village recently authorized the reuse of two properties that will result in job growth.
Trustees approved a special-use permit for Sanctuary Church at 1251 Windham Parkway, in a planned business district.
The 25,000-square-foot church will feature a worship area with seating for 420, 110 parking spaces, and will employ five along with 10 volunteers. The church will also include classroom space, conference rooms, offices and a coffee house.
The church has 108 members and seats 180 adults and 120 children during Sunday services.
Two access points will be located along Windham Parkway.
Mayor John Noak said that the economy in recent years has spurred officials to consider creative reuse of commercial sites like the proposal from Sanctuary Church.
“We find ways to work with them to the betterment of everyone,” he said.
Trustees also approved a redevelopment plan for 721 Parkwood Ave. that will turn the 27,000-square-foot space into a warehouse and truck repair facility.
Trail Terminal will use 22,000 square feet in the front for warehousing, and 5,000 square feet in the rear of the property for truck repair.
The facility will have 24 vehicle stalls but is expected to only receive about five trucks per day making deliveries for freight storage.
Improvements include repair of metal siding, installation of brick knee wall façade, and additional landscaping.
Noak said that the planned work was “a significant improvement over the current conditions” of the property.
The new business is expected to employ 20.
In other business, trustees approved parking bans on 38 residential streets to increase accessibility along the roadways.
The bans were put in place to facilitate easier access to roads for refuse pickup, Noak said.
A complete list of the streets with parking bans can be found on the village of Romeoville website.