Vacant gas station in Glenwood to be demolished soon

2014-05-11T00:00:00Z Vacant gas station in Glenwood to be demolished soonPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

GLENWOOD | The boarded-up former Speedway gas station at Dante Avenue and Glenwood-Dyer Road is expected to be demolished within the next couple of weeks.

Building Department Director Kevin Welsh shared that news on Tuesday after a resident inquired during a Committee of the Whole meeting about the status of the property. Welsh said the gas station has been closed for about three years and the property owner had come to the village with a demolition permit about four weeks ago.

"I held up the demolition permit because it didn't include the removal of the asphalt parking areas," he said.

Welsh wanted the whole site cleared off and dirt put down so it could be reseeded.

"We're not able to do that because the EPA has put a restriction that the little pieces of asphalt they placed there when they did some tank work have to remain in place so that the water doesn't get in and push the oils back out," he said. "Unfortunately, 90 percent of the asphalt is ruined and crushed, anyway."

Welsh said the station, a storage shed next to it and two light standards will be removed. He does not know what plans the owner might have for the property once it is cleared.

The status of Walmart also came up during Tuesday's meeting. A resident asked if Walmart is still planning to vacate its site in Glenwood at 103 W. Holbrook Road.

"That's what they have told us, but we have nothing in writing or anything, but as far as I know, it's moving forward," Trustee Rich Nielsen said.

Nielsen sat in on Tuesday for Village President Kerry Durkin, whom trustees said was absent due to illness. Durkin has said that in December, Walmart notified him of its plan to leave the village.

Homewood Village President Rich Hofeld said recently that Walmart is expected to relocate in the summer of 2015 from Glenwood to the former site of a Super Kmart at 17550 Halsted St. in Homewood.

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