Plan Commission Update

After more than two hours of presentation and discussion the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission won’t be supporting a new Dunkin Donuts near downtown.

The proposal includes a 4,915 square foot multi-tenant building anchored by a Dunkin Donuts Baskin Robbins combo at the corner of Hillside and Washington.

The existing Citgo gas station that sits on the site would need to be torn down to make room for the new construction.

In 2012, a petitioner tried to build a McDonald’s on the same land and that request was denied by city council after concerns about traffic and noise in the area.

Some commissioners and neighbors had the same concerns with the new proposal because the petitioner wanted to run the Dunkin Donuts 24 hours.

“I just think the late hours and where it’s located will cause problems. It will be too loud and cause too much of a traffic back up in the morning with school and an already crowded washington Street,” said Commissioner Patricia Gustin.

The petitioner then said he would be willing to close the business at 11 p.m. and open again at 4 a.m.

The commission voted 3-2 to give the request a negative recommendation despite support from some commissioners

“I think anything you put here will cause traffic. It’s a busy area of town and we don’t want that land to stay vacant forever,” said Commissioner Kevin Coye. “I think this is a good request and they did their best to address our concerns.”

The city council will now have a chance to hear from the petitioner and vote on final approval.

At the same meeting, the commission did approve a request for a new daycare and fitness facility called Naperville Sports Yard.

The new facility will feature indoor turf fields on the south side of Diehl Road, just west of Freedom Drive.

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