The applicant, NARE Woodridge Management, LLC, is proposing to construct a 3,958 square-foot freestanding McDonald's restaurant located centrally on the lot, surrounded on the north, east, and west with parking spaces and an associated dual lane drive-through. The lot is located at the northwest corner of the Woodgrove Festival shopping center. The building, drive-through, and associated parking and circulation will be built on a newly created out lot.
The applicant is requesting the following:
- Major Amendment to a Final Plan of a Planned Unit Development
- Preliminary/Final Plat of Re-subdivision
- Special Use for a Drive-Through
- December 18, 2023: The project was presented to the Plan Commission for consideration. The Plan Commission voted 3:3 on the recommendation to the Village Board. A positive recommendation requires the concurring vote of at least 4 Plan Commission members.
- February 1, 2024: Project will be presented to the Village of Woodridge Board for consideration
- March 21, 2024 – The Village of Woodridge Board will reconsider the McDonald’s Development after an additional traffic study has been conducted. The new traffic study will be presented at the March 21 Village Board meeting.
- April 4, 2024 – The Developer has asked for additional time to complete its traffic study. The traffic study will now be presented at the April 4, 2023 Board Meeting.
Links & Resources
- May 25, 2023, Traffic Study
- December 18, 2023, Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
- January 4, 2024, Letter to Dunham Road Residents
- Woodgrove Festival Storm Water Storage System
- February 1, 2024 Board Meeting Agenda
- Video of February 1, 2024 Board Meeting
Questions & Answers Pertaining to the McDonald's Development Project
Mcdonald's is proposing roughly 40,000 SF of improvements, including increasing parking overall, and excluding the open space proposed to be landscaped. The impact of developing this area elsewhere is shown below. This would result in a net loss of roughly 100 parking spaces. The shopping center wouldn’t meet existing standards for the shopping center and would create a functional parking shortage. Mcdonald's is not interested in locating central to the shopping center, they are looking here because it is the corner of a lighted intersection. Also, the applicant does not own this land and cannot propose this, the bulk of the parking lot is owned by Kohls.
The existing capacity is 2.04 acre feet and the proposed is 2.14 acre feet which results in a 5% increase, beyond what is required to meet the DuPage County Stormwater Ordinance.
The Zigfield Troy property, while green, is a contributor to the stormwater that flows onto Dunham Road. The pond feature on the golf course provides almost no stormwater detention, and if the property is saturated, will create more run off. The redevelopment of the golf course would improve drainage in this area as new development would be required to provide stormwater management.
The shopping center and traffic patterns are existing. The subject shopping center, and center across the street, have both experienced times when there were more tenants than currently exist. Dunham Road was planned for extension south to 83rd, and this plan was eliminated and reflective of resident’s desires. The shopping center and commercial zoning were established at this intersection before the subdivisions off of Dunham were built. 75th Street is a commercial corridor and an additional commercial use here is a typical pattern of development.
Per the Illinois Accessibility code, accessible parking spaces that serve more than one accessible entrance shall be dispersed and located on the shortest accessible route to the accessible entrances. The accessible spaces will continue to be dispersed and located on an accessible route. The number of accessible spaces on the outlot will increase from 1 to 2, and additional accessible spaces are provided throughout the shopping center.