Jefferson St. development plans laid out
By Bob Okon email@example.com September 19, 2013 9:20PM
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:32PM
Jefferson Street would get another infusion of commercial development under a plan approved by the Joliet Plan Commission on Thursday.
The old Joliet Dodge property at Jefferson and Caterpillar Drive would be built out with two restaurants, a store and a business to be named later.
The restaurants are Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill, two franchises that have proven popular at other Joliet locations. The Aldi grocery store, now on Jefferson near Larkin Avenue, would relocate to the new development.
The subdivision plan approved by the plan commission would go to the city council on Oct. 1 for final approval.
“The Joliet Dodge site has sat idle for quite some time, and it’s great to have national retailers interested in that site,” said James Haller, the city’s director of community and economic development.
The 4.4-acre commercial development is going into one of the brightest spots on Jefferson Street.
It would be located across Jefferson from the Menards-Walmart shopping center.
The developers, the father-and-son team of Jerry and Matt Cairo out of Chicago, also developed outlots in the Menards-Walmart shopping center for the Applebee’s restaurant and the Starbucks store.
Matt Cairo said he and his father expect construction to begin next spring with the stores opening three to four months afterwards. The Cairos also are working with Aldi to attract a new user for their existing Jefferson Street store, he said.
The plan for Jefferson and Caterpillar includes a 4,000-square-foot building for which a user has not been found. The Aldi store would be 16,400 square feet. Panera would have 4,180 square feet, and Chipotle would be 2,760 square feet.