Darien officials consider options on vacated Phillips 66 gas pumps

What do you call a gas station that no longer sells gas?

Darien officials would like to call it gone, but acknowledge that they have very few options in dealing with the situation.

Mayor Kathleen Weaver and four of the city’s seven aldermen discussed the former Phillips 66 gas station at the northwest corner of Cass Avenue and Plainfield Road. That intersection has one of town’s highest profiles, given that the city is guiding the redevelopment of the Darien Pointe Plaza retail development on the east side of Cass between Plainfield and 75th Street. Earlier this summer, the City Council agreed to spend more than $160,000 for a 30-foot clock tower amenity at the northeast corner of Cass and Plainfield Road, just across Cass from the gas station parcel, as the centerpiece of the new retail center.

Aldermen expressed dismay the gas station owner has stopped taking fuel deliveries, shut off his fuel pumps, and covered his biggest sign with a tarp in apparent violation of the city’s municipal code.

“No gas is being delivered there, no gas is being sold there, and I just learned this afternoon that the owner has contacted Brookhaven Plaza about a possible sale of his property,” said Dan Gombac, municipal services director.

While fuel sales have stopped, the business continues to repair and service vehicles inside the mechanic’s bay at the site, Gombac said.

City Administrator Bryon Vana said a review of city ordinances showed that little if anything could be done to address the situation.

“We can’t make them take out the pumps,” Vana said.

Weaver said any action taken by the City Council could be interpreted as singling out the gas station owner for punitive treatment, exposing the city to adverse legal consequences.

“We are back in court with the owner on Sept. 24” over the sign issue, Weaver said. “Covering the sign with a tarp is not allowed under our city code.”

Gombac said he plans to reach out to the owner about the situation.

The City Council also approved a $114,081 proposal from Beary Landscaping for parkway tree planting program. Residents who wish to have a tree planted in the parkway in front of their homes can do so by splitting the cost equally with the city. Gombac also said that a certain number of trees will also be made available for planting on private property, with the property owner bearing the full cost. Gombac said details on the tree planting program will be available on the city’s website (www.darien.il.us) in the next few days.

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