SAVOY — The village board considered several options at its study session this week for developing the 1.4-acre lot adjacent to the northeast corner of Walmart's property. The lot, which is currently vacant, is bordered by Ellen Avenue to the west and Jones Drive to the north.
In an effort to attract interest in the property and improve the viability of the area, the village is considering building a through road connecting the Walmart area to Jones Drive. At the same time, village staff wants to remain sensitive to the nearby residential areas.
Brent Maue, village engineer/director of public works, presented the board with different options, varying in the amount of access to the area, to consider.
The board preferred the option with the best balance between the interests of the neighborhood and that of the businesses. The scenario would allow for two-way traffic from the Walmart frontage road to Jones Drive but would include an island and a raised median to force traffic towards Dunlap Avenue and away from the residential area. The added road would reduce the developable lot to 1.2 acres but would also include some green space between the new road and Ellen Avenue.