McHenry to consider carwash, warehouse

McHENRY – The city is set to consider a revised proposal for a commercial development on Route 31, two years after a plan for the lot foundered.

The McHenry City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal complex, 333 S. Green St.

Up for discussion is a permit and variances for a carwash and warehouse units at 305 N. Front St. The developer originally sought a retail strip building adjacent to Front Street on Route 31, between The Fountain Shoppes and 31 North Banquet and Conference Center.

The council approved the development two years ago, but approval by state and federal agencies overseeing wetland issues delayed the project. City approvals have since expired.

In July and August, the Planning and Zoning Commission held public hearings on requests for a carwash and a mini-warehouse facility.

Concerns were raised July 19 about the site design, potential noise from the carwash and the aesthetic appeal of the carwash building. One owner of an adjacent property also suggested that a landscape buffer between abutting properties was insufficient.

The following month, 20 six-foot evergreen trees were added to the plan for the property's southern border.

"Staff does not have any concerns with the requests due to the physical size and length of the property, location along a state highway, as well as the constraints placed upon the site design to account for wetland buffering," Deputy City Administrator Douglas Martin said in a memo to the City Council.

If You Go:

McHenry City CouncilWhen: 7:30 p.m. MondayWhere: McHenry Municipal Center, 333 S. Green St.

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