Carle at the Fields addition: gas station, car wash

Carle at the Fields addition: gas station, car wash

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CHAMPAIGN — Another store has been announced for the rapidly growing Carle at the Fields development in southwest Champaign.

Haymakers will add a second convenience store to Champaign, bringing a gas station and car wash to the development. The store will be located at the northwest corner of Curtis Road and Fields South Drive, south of the Hampton Inn that opened last fall and the El Toro Mexican restaurant that recently opened.

It will also be kitty-corner from the 300,000-square-foot Carle administration building at the center of the development and near the recently announced Hickory River Smokehouse and Destihl restaurants.

“It’s really kind of phenomenal how quickly it came together,” said Lacey Rains Lowe, Champaign’s senior planner for the Curtis Road interchange. “It’s a great development for the community and a destination and gateway for the community.”

Haymakers expects to start construction later this year, with an opening early next year, according to Quincy-based Niemann Foods, which also owns the local County and Harvest Markets.

This Haymakers will feature a 5,000-square-foot store with sandwiches, soups and a yogurt/smoothie bar.

The other Haymakers is next to the Harvest Market at 2029 S. Neil St., C.

Spokesman Gerry Kettler said he doesn’t expect Niemann Foods to add a full grocery store to the Carle at the Fields development. “This is where we’re at,” he said. “There’s no room for anything else.”

Carle at the Fields is starting to fill out quickly, but the Interstate 57–Curtis Road interchange is still in its early stages.

“There’s quite a bit of land out there that hasn’t necessarily been plotted,” Lowe said, noting the land on the northeast corner of Curtis and Staley roads, north of the Carle administration building and south of the Stephens Family YMCA, all of which the Carle Foundation owns.

“It’ll be interesting to see what comes in next,” Lowe said.

And the northwest quadrant of the interchange is just the first of four to be developed.

“We’ll see what’s next for the other three quadrants,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy to think about how much land is really out here. This is the size of North Prospect.”

The entire interchange is subject to the Curtis Road Master Plan, which should help ensure the area has plenty of trails and trees.

For example, it ensures that a bike and pedestrian overpass will be built over I-57.

It also provides certain restrictions, such as dark-sky compliant lighting, buildings limited to six stories and no truck stops or warehouses.

Lowe said the Haymakers is clearly not a truck stop, which is defined in part as any facility with adequate parking for at least three semi-trucks or commercial vehicles, overnight parking, sleeping quarters and showers.

She said there were concerns that truck stops would be fairly noisy.

“This is our new southwest gateway to the community,” Lowe said. Truck stops are “perhaps not the showpiece we want to include there.”

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