DANVILLE — Despite the good weather, construction has not yet resumed this year at the Kohl's site on North Vermilion, because of changes in the site plan, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
"All projects along the North Vermilion Street retail corridor are still moving forward," Eisenhauer said.
Initially, the developer, Continental in Milwaukee, and Kohl's were targeting a fall opening date for the new store that will be built at 3707 N. Vermilion St.
But plans to build a Meijer store and gas station/convenience store immediately south of the Kohl's site and the addition of a junior anchor, T.J. Maxx, next door to the Kohl's store, have forced a change in site plans. He said Continental is now anticipating a spring 2013 or early summer 2013 opening date for Kohl's.
Eisenhauer said the addition of Meijer has required the developer and engineers to rework the site plan for drainage and other reasons. Also, he said, the original site plan anticipated a 12,000-square-foot junior anchor next door to Kohl's, but the T.J. Maxx store will be 24,000 square feet, which also requires some changes in the site plans.
Also in the works is a traffic study that's being done by engineers associated with Meijer officials, according to City Engineer David Schnelle.
He said the traffic plan for the Kohl's site has already been approved and the stoplight intersection at Boiling Springs Road and Vermilion Street is adequate to handle that Kohl's and T.J. Maxx development.
The Meijer development will use that same entrance at Boiling Springs as well as the entrance that currently serves the Tractor Supply store to the south, and Meijer engineers are studying whether any changes will be necessary to handle the additional traffic.
Schnelle said it looks as if a dedicated right turn lane will be needed at the Tractor Supply entrance and the existing right turn lane, northbound on Vermilion, at the Boiling Springs intersection will need to be lengthened. He said it looks as if that existing turn lane will not be quite long enough for the expected traffic. Schnelle said there are already dedicated left turn lanes, southbound on Vermilion, into both entrances, so those are good to go.
He said Meijer engineers are coming up with the design drawings, which will be reviewed by both the city and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Schnelle added that there will not be a traffic signal added at the Tractor Supply entrance, which is almost directly across Vermilion Street from the Lowe's entrance. He said that would be too close to the existing traffic signal at Boiling Springs and Vermilion.