Geneva's Historic Preservation Commission will review the building permits for the Pure Oil block at a meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Geneva Fire Department.
It appears that revised plans submitted by Joe Stanton so far have met with general approval. Stanton is proposing that the historic, blue-roofed former gas station be converted to a drive-through for a bank tenant at the 514 W. State St. building.
The revised plan preserves the building’s State Street‐facing elevations (north and east) but includes the demolition of the southern section of the building and the punching a hole in the west wall of the building for use of the westernmost service bay as a drive‐through banking lane.
Under the plan, the Pure Oil building would get window repair and repainting and the east section will be preserved, possibly as a public information center or public restrooms.
The plan calls for demolition of the building at 12 S. Fifth St. and modifications and additions to the 514 W. State St. building.
At its May 15 meeting, the HPC approved the plans but added some conditions for approval.
In an "Open Letter" blog on Geneva Patch, HPC member Mike Bruno said the decision of whether to OK the use as a bank drive-through would begin with a look by the Geneva Plan Commission.
"While I, along with the rest of the HPC, voted to approve the plans, it should not be considered endorsement of the property’s use as a drive-through banking facility," he said. "My affirmative vote was only based on the fairly clear and objective standards for Historic Preservation outlined by the Secretary of the Interior."
In the open letter, Bruno asked the Plan Commission to deny the petition for a special use to allow the bank drive-through.
"It is my opinion that approving the drive-through for 502 W. State would be a long-term bad decision for downtown vitality and economic development," Bruno said.
Historic Preservation Commission Agenda
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of Meeting Minutes May 15, 2012
4. HPC Review of Building Permit Applications
A. 502-14 W. State St. & 12 S. Fifth St.CASE 2012-022 Applicant: Joe Stanton Application for: Exterior Rehabilitation of 502 & 514 W.State Street, Demolition of 12 S. Fifth Street, Site Improvements (review of revised plans addressing conditions of approval stipulated by the commission on May 15, 2012)
5. Secretary’s Report (Staff Update)
6. New Business
a. From the Commission
b. From the Public
Next meeting June 19, 2012
Location: Geneva Fire Department Headquarters Building, Lower Level Training Room, 200 EastSide Drive, Geneva, IL 60134