New Dunkin' Donuts proposal surfaces for Naperville corner

Updated 5/19/2014 2:47 PM

Another new proposal has surfaced for the shuttered Citgo gas station at the corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street near downtown Naperville, but the idea of bringing a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins to the location is far from a done deal.

The property owner is seeking city council approval of a plat of subdivision that could legally establish the nearly one-acre lot in the city's records. The plat also would grant right of way along Washington Street and create an easement along the eastern property line, allowing the city to construct a Riverwalk extension there if officials choose.


Allison Laff, Naperville's planning operations manager, said the latest plans for the site call for a 2,600-square-foot restaurant with a drive-through. Customers would be able to enter or exit onto Washington Street only by making right turns, but full access would be allowed to and from Hillside Road.

This is the latest idea for the site where so far a McDonald's and a small strip mall with a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins and two other unknown tenants have been rejected. Planning and zoning commission members cited traffic, noise and trash concerns in voting down the proposed developments.

The latest plan to construct a single-tenant building does not need planning and zoning commission approval, Laff said, because the structure is permitted by right in the general commercial zoning district where the property lies. The request is going straight to the city council for review Tuesday.

Even if the city approves the plat of subdivision, a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins might be what eventually replaces the gas station, said Eric Carlson, architect for property owner Raj Sashonnie of Naperville.

Carlson said his client still is looking at other options for the site, and is seeking approval of the plat as a first step to clean up legal matters related to the site and allow for a possible future Riverwalk extension.

The city council will begin considering the plat of subdivision and the latest Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins plan for the site during a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center, 400 S. Eagle St.

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