Plans to move Walgreens to the corner of Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue are very much alive.
Wednesday Journal reported, in May of last year, the possibility of the Walgreens, currently at 916 Madison St., moving to that corner to add a drive-up facility. Village Planner Craig Failor expressed some concerns about the proposal at the time.
But village officials say Jay Javors of Hinsdale-based Midwest Property Group, submitted a new design for the Walgreens a few months ago and another one earlier this week.
Javors declined to comment Monday. Attorney Greg Melnyk, who spoke on Javors’ behalf in a previous report, did not return phone calls.
Failor said the latest design includes an entrance to the store’s parking lot off Madison and another through the alley on Oak Park Avenue.
The new proposal also involves preserving the facade of the Sear’s Pharmacy building, currently on the corner, and having about 900 square feet of retail space there. Customers would enter the 14,700-square-foot Walgreens by an entrance on Madison, halfway between Grove and Oak Park.
A 39-space parking lot would extend to Grove Avenue, and plants would separate it from the residential neighborhood. Comcast currently owns the lot at Grove and Madison. A spokesperson declined to comment on its status.
A source said Javors has a letter of intent with Walgreens, which village officials could not confirm. An employee at Walgreens said the store is negotiating to move to that intersection but could not confirm the letter or a timeline for the move.
The developer has not submitted formal plans to the village, and the project would need to go through Oak Park’s planned development process, Failor said.
Developer Alex Troyanovsky owns the property and Javors has a contract to buy it, which depends on village approval, according to the Journal report last year.
Ja’Net Defell, business specialist for the village, said the original design was changed to give the Walgreens a more urban appearance, at the suggestion of the Madison Street Coalition, a village board-appointed commission which works with developers in the early stages of planning.
Sear’s Pharmacy is in negotiations to move somewhere nearby on Madison, according to Thomas Rains, owner and pharmacist since 1988.