A Love’s Travel Stop with an Arby’s, Chester’s Chicken and Godfather’s Pizza may be coming to Channahon in the near future.
On Monday, the Village Board gave initial approval to an agreement to annex, rezone and issue a special use permit for the travel stop on 17 acres at a corner of the Interstate 55 and Bluff Road interchange.
The final vote will be held June 4.
The development could bring significant tax dollars to Channahon, village officials said. Income from diesel tax alone is estimated to be $1.32 million annually, once the business reaches normal operating levels. Combined with sales tax and gasoline revenues, that figure could be $2 million a year.
Chad Bruner, Love’s real estate project manager, said an estimated 60 to 80 employees would be hired to staff the facility.
Some on the Village Board initially were concerned about the height of the proposed 100-foot sign at the site. A shorter sign of 80 feet would not be able to be seen by vehicles on I-55, he said, and a 100-foot sign would not be so tall that it would be seen in the neighborhoods.
“There is no visibility from the neighborhood,” Bruner said.
Resident Steve Czyz said he continues to be concerned about the increase in truck traffic in the village and asked about assurances from Love’s that trucks wouldn’t be allowed to park at the site for long periods of time, like overnight.
“Trucks don’t make money unless they’re moving,” Bruner said.
He also said the business will tow trucks if they stay too long.
Resident David Farro spoke to the board about considering bike and walking paths in the area.
Channahon trustees on Monday also approved police department promotions.
Sgt. Craig Gunty was promoted to deputy chief, replacing Shane Casey, who was promoted to chief in December. The village has two deputy chiefs, and Gunty will serve alongside Deputy Chief Adam Bogart.
Gunty has twice received Channahon Officer of the Year and recently graduated from the FBI National Academy. His wife, Darcy, and children, Cael and Daxton, helped fasten the new rank pins on him the meeting.
Channahon will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Village Hall, 24555 S. Navajo Drive.