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New Plans for Pure Oil Building

Holy smokes! New plans will go before the HPC, keeping the building facade, but still using it for a bank drive-through.

Without a long review of the plans, you have to give a tip of the hat to Joe Stanton and the  St. Charles Bank & Trust for going back to the drawing board and finding another plan to preserve the Pure Oil building and the proposal that could bring the bank to downtown Geneva.

Critics immediately will note that the previous argument was that it couldn't be done. And now the plans show that it can.

According to a report from the city staff, what's being proposed is an adaptive use of the building as the bank’s drive‐through facility. The revised plan preserves the building’s State Street‐facing elevations (north and east) but also includes the demolition of the southern section of the building, removal of the garage doors, 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.

The plan includes repair of the building overall, including window repair and repainting, the report says. The east section will be preserved, but no specific use has been identified. Suggestions include a public information center or public restrooms.

The plan calls for demolition of the building at 12 S. Fifth St. It is listed as "non‐contributing to the historic district," according to the city's report.

"The building has been altered over the years, so its demolition would not be considered a loss of a historic building," the report says.

Plans also call for modifications and additions to the 514 W. State St. building, which include adding architectural features that echo details of historic architecture. 

"The changes proposed come close to replicating historic styles but the building would still be discernible as newer construction even as it ages," the city's report says.

The HPC is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. May 15 at City Hall.

The proposed plan provides 17 spaces on site, and six or seven in the right of way.

Noel G. Rooks May 10, 2012 at 02:13 AM
True. I believe at one point StCB said that they found the drive thru at their current location difficult, which I understand, it is tight over there. I think that definitely means that location will close.
marsha engle May 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Yuck.
Annette MacLean May 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
(as posted in Mike Bruno's thread) There is only one problem with this plan- it looks like The PURE Gardener with flowers, benches, etc BUT it's not. We will no longer be there. The Art Box will not be there. The photography shop has seemed to disappear over night ( I peeked into his window) after supposedly just signing a month to month lease with it's landlord- St. Charles Bank. The owner of Always in Style told me that if we are not there , she really has no interest in resigning her lease. That is three retail businesses gone in one swoop. Not to mention the young family that lives in the house behind The PURE Gardener. The house that is stated to be insignificant. I wonder if they have learned of their fate? All of the highschoolers that we employ will not be able to walk to work after school anymore. And, last but certainly not least, where is Daffny the duck going to lay her eggs? She lives there too.
Leslie Juby May 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Annette, Couldn't agree with you more. It isn't about another bank drive through in a prime retail location...it is about the continued destruction of what makes Geneva so special. I wonder if the powers that be will ever learn that once you shoot the golden goose, there are no more golden eggs.
Len Bielefeldt May 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
win-win, really Rick! almost every business on this block is finished, win-win really.

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