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updated: 7/7/2011 10:09 AM

Glen Ellyn looking at Stacy's Corners improvements

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  • Glen Ellyn officials say they plan to keep a commercial storefront at 810 N. Main St., but demolish an attached century-old house.

      Glen Ellyn officials say they plan to keep a commercial storefront at 810 N. Main St., but demolish an attached century-old house.
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  • A Marathon gas station at 825 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn was demolished this spring to make way for other possible commercial uses.

      A Marathon gas station at 825 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn was demolished this spring to make way for other possible commercial uses.
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Stacy's Corners -- as the intersection of Main Street and St. Charles and Geneva roads is known in Glen Ellyn -- serves as a gateway to the north end of the community.

The importance of the intersection clearly is on the minds of village officials as they seek new uses for two nearby properties.

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810 N. Main St.

The village will be evaluating options for demolition of the rear residential portion of the 810 N. Main St. property, according to Staci Hulseberg, director of planning and development.

Some members of the village board suggested in April an architect evaluate the building -- an early 20th-century example of rusticated block construction and design -- to see if it can be saved.

But a report issued last month by Farr Associates, a Chicago-based architecture and planning firm, concluded "the current condition of the building demands extensive renovation and new construction for use as a viable commercial property."

The exterior of the building has been relatively well preserved, the report said. But the interior, which contains three now-vacant apartments, has been significantly changed.

Renovation costs were estimated to be anywhere from $283,000 to $392,000.

The village now has full usage and ownership rights of the property after the Glen Ellyn Historical Society turned over the land last year in exchange for relieving some of the group's debt.

A task force formed to evaluate potential uses for the property previously recommended the house be demolished. However, it suggested an attached commercial storefront structure in front be kept.

The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce has expressed interest in moving its offices there from its current Roosevelt Road location. The chamber and village are continuing discussions on that possibility, according to Hulseberg and Mike Formento, co-executive director of the chamber.

The task force suggested that could be one good option. But its report also said the property's long-term outlook is dependent on what happens across the street.

825 N. Main St.

The village plan commission has reviewed conceptual site plans for the former Marathon gas station property at 825 N. Main St. Seven options presented by Glen Ellyn-based PPK Architects all depict commercial uses for the site.

Most blueprints illustrate one-story retail developments, ranging in size from 11,800 to 16,230 square feet. One sketch presents a possible two-story retail structure with an office above.

The site could be occupied by one or more commercial users, Hulseberg said.

After the village purchased the gas station last September, it was demolished in the spring, and environmental remediation began. Hulseberg said the village is awaiting feedback from the Illinois EPA on that portion of the project.

She said the plan commission's feedback on the site plans was mixed.

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