New Development Projects & Businesses
This is a page to provide information about development and new businesses coming to the Village of Channahon. Check back frequently for updates and new information.
Approved Development Projects
- Casey's General Store
- Channahon Fire Station #2 Relocation
- Channahon Industrial Park: Lots 12 & 13: ATS
- Creekside Estates Unit 2
- O'Reilly Auto Parts
- Penske PTCR
- Tractor Supply Company
- Tru Country Bar & Grill
Casey’s General Store has been constructing a new facility on the vacant land directly adjacent to their existing store. The new site features a larger modern store, additional fuel pumps, and a car wash. There will be no semi-truck fueling at this location.
Following opening of the new site, Casey’s will demolish the exiting location and market the property for additional commercial/retail development.
Currently the site is awaiting the removal and relocation of overhead power poles by ComEd to enable the completion of the driveway entrance to the facility.
Under Construction - Opening Q1 2024
The Channahon Fire Protection District has been constructing a replacement facility for the existing Station 2, which is currently located on W. McClintock Rd. The new location, located near the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and S. Thomas Dillon Dr., will allow improved response coverage for the Fire District.
The 7,530 square foot facility features 3 bay doors for apparatus, along with living quarters for fire district personnel.
Located at 24261 S. Northern Illinois Dr., Alliance Transportation & Logistics Services is constructing an 8,000 square foot facility on lots 12 & 13 in Channahon Industrial Park. The building will serve as a point of operations and repair for the Alliance Transportation & Logistics Services fleet.
Approved for Construction
Creekside Estates Unit 2 was approved on October 16, 2023 and will bring 17 additional duplex lots (34 units) to the residential development located generally at the northwest corner of US Route 6 and Bell Rd. The unit will connect the current dead-end street Stephanie Dr. to Westwind Dr. in the Village of Minooka.
Under Construction - Anticipated Opening January 2024
DQ is constructing a "Grill & Chill" facility at 25208 W. Eames St. The location is the same as the former Lone Star Restaurant, which suffered a fire in 2015 and was subsequently demolished. Engineering challenges to site design and drainage were overcome to allow for the construction of the 2,208 square foot store. The facility features a drive-thru and outdoor patio area.
Approved - Construction to Begin Spring 2024
O'Reilly Auto Parts has been approved to construct a retail store at the southwest corner of S. Pheasant Ln. and W. Eames St. The 7,460 square foot building is scheduled for construction to being in the spring of 2024.
Phase 1 - NOW OPEN
Penske Truck Leasing, a long time Channahon business, acquired some older industrial properties on the northwest frontage road to construct a new, modern facility. The new facility contains a 23,180 square foot building, fueling canopy, fenced parking lot, and necessary detention ponds. The LEED Gold certified building is partially self-powered by a rooftop solar array. Once phase 1 is complete, Penske will move operations into the new building, which are currently housed in an older building to the north, a former JB Hunt facility.
Phase 2 - Beginning within 1 year of Phase 1 completion
With the occupancy of the new building, and the vacation of the older building to the north, demolition of the older building will begin. The northern half of the parking lot and site landscaping will then be able to be completed while the new building is in operation for business purposes.
Under Construction - Opening 2024
Penske Truck Collison Repair is a 34,200 square foot facility that will be used by Penske to repair its fleet. While located adjacent to Penske's other new site in Channahon, the facility operates independently to service the entire Penske fleet, beyond what is housed next-door.
Located at the southeast corner of S. Yellow Pine Dr. and W. Eames St., Starbucks is constructing a 2,300 square foot freestanding facility. The facility has 27 parking spaces and includes drive-thru service, with stacking for 18 vehicles. An outdoor patio seating area of 645 square feet is also included.
To avoid traffic conflicts, there is no direct site access to Route 6. All traffic will enter and exit from the access road located south of the location.
Tractor Supply Company is constructing its 25th location in Illinois: A 21,702 square foot retail store in the Southern Crossings commercial subdivision. Located at the southeast quadrant of S. Yellow Pine Dr. and W. Eames St., the , the site includes the retail store, 3,672 square foot garden center, trailer display area, and forage shed.
The 108 parking spaces on the site plan provides for dedicated veteran parking spots. Traffic to the site will travel on the access road located north of the site, parallel to W. Eames St.
Under Construction - Opening Winter 2023/2024
Located at the northeast corner of S. Fryer St. and W. Bridge St., Tru Country Bar & Grill is a complete interior reconstruction of a building that has always been a restaurant in the Channahon community. The building has a storied history. Most famously known as Rittof's Tavern beginning in the 1940s, it was a staple of the community for many years. The building later served as home to several restaurants though the years: River's Edge Bar & Grill, Lallos Bar & Grill, Fryer St. Bar and Grill, and most recently Channahon Bar & Grill. Now named after the new owners' daughter, Tru, the restaurant is preparing for its next chapter in Channahon.
Showing its age, the building is now undergoing a complete rehabilitation. The interior has been completely gutted down to the studs and floor joists. Interior walls have been removed and relocated to accommodate ADA-accessible bathrooms and a completely new kitchen. The supporting structure of the building was intact as it was recently upgraded prior to the opening of the Fryer St. Bar & Grill.
On the outside, the building's roof and siding has been replaced and upgraded. Window openings were added and removed to accommodate a more modern corner façade. A large patio has been added to the north of the building to allow for outdoor dining. Deck structure and access for the two existing second-floor apartments has also been improved and enhanced. While the gravel parking area cannot be paved-over due to the septic field location, the adjoining street parking has been repaved and ADA-accessible parking areas have been provided. The electrical service has been upgraded and buried, having previously been provided by overhead wires.
Having originally planned to be open in the late-summer of 2023, expanded construction scope has moved the expected opening back to late-fall or early winter.
Potential Development Projects
- Channahon 68
- Chicago Logistics Hub
- M&I Steel Expansion
- Voss Subdivision
- Whispering Oaks - Unit 3
"Channahon 68" is a proposed commercial development on the 68 acres of land located at the northeast corner of US Route 6 & S. Thomas Dillon Dr. The site features a commercial anchor lot with several outlots closer to Thomas Dillon Dr.
On November 13, 2023 the Village of Channahon Planning & Zoning Commission conducted a public hearing on the topics of: Change of zoning to C-3 General Business, Special Use Permit for a Planned Unit Development, and approval of the preliminary plat of subdivision. All three items were recommended for approval by votes of 6-0, 5-1, 4-2 respectively.
The items will move forward to the Village Board of Trustees for discussion/approval at the November 20, 2023 Village Board Meeting; or a subsequent meeting(s) if the item is continued.
In 2019, the Canadian National (CN) Railway began purchasing parcels of property in proximity to its railroad tracks west of McClindon Road. The totality of these purchases is approximately 900 acres. The majority of this land, which lies directly north of US Rt. 6 across from heavy industrial users such as AuxSable Liquid Products and LyondellBasell, has been within the Village of Channahon limits and zoned I-2 Intensive Industrial for more than 20 years. A smaller portion of the property currently lies in unincorporated Grundy County and is zoned industrial, some of which is located on the Village of Minooka side of the Channahon-Minooka Boundary Agreement.
In September 2023, the Village received a professional fee agreement for the development of the Chicago Logistics Hub. This project is proposed to include the development of a multi-modal facility and logistics-oriented business park along the CN rail line. In anticipation of an official decision by CN Board of Directors to pursue this project, the Village has been in discussion with our regional governmental partners to consider the potential impacts of the proposed project. These partners include the Village of Minooka, City of Morris, Grundy County administration, Grundy Economic Development Council, and Minooka Fire Protection District. Much of the focus to date has been on transportation-related matters concerning the proposed development. To that end, the Village has retained the services of a qualified traffic consultant to assist the Village and its partners to find the most advantageous scenarios to minimize traffic impacts on local residents. Such items include prioritizing the utilization of the Brisbin Rd. and I-80 interchange, which opened in 2012 and was created for these types of uses, as well as identifying other appropriate road connections and improvements.
Transportation issues are not the only matters to be addressed as this project moves through the various consideration processes. As more information is introduced, the Village of Channahon will continue to work closely with all regional stakeholders. As information is limited at this time, please check back for updates that will be posted here as they are available.
..........Update October 23, 2023..........
At the October 16, 2023 Village Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to hire TranSystems [TranSystems website link] as the consultant working on the Village's behalf to review the transportation study that has been provided. Transystems possesses extensive knowledge and experience with similar projects in the Will and Grundy County region and will provide the Village with an independent review of potential traffic related impacts. Contracts from TranSystems were received over the weekend of 10/21-22/2023 and are now under review.
The Village remains committed to working with our partners at the local, state and federal levels regarding the potential impacts of the proposed project and the overarching need to minimize traffic impacts on local residents.
The Village received a professional fee agreement & deposit for the proposed expansion of M&I Steel, located at 24226 S. Northern Illinois Dr. The company purchased the adjacent vacant lot fronting along Municipal Dr. so that they can increase their building space to accommodate their growing business. M&I Steel is a fabricator and erector of steel structures, with a large amount of their work being schools in northern Illinois.
QuikTrip is an Oklahoma-based company that operates fueling facilities throughout 14 states. They are currently exploring a location west of the I-55 & US Route 6 interchange.
The project was reviewed as a concept plan by the Planning & Zoning Commission and Village Board in October 2023. Additional consideration will be given once a traffic impact study is completed and presented to Village staff.
The Voss Subdivision is a proposed residential development located on the east side of McKinley Woods Rd., north of the Village of Channahon water tower. Early planning indicates a mixture of home styles and sizes.
The Final Plat for Whispering Oaks Unit 3 was submitted for review. This unit will connect Justin Dr. in Whispering Oaks to Justin Dr. in the Highlands subdivision, improving overall traffic circulation. There are 13 Single Family lots with this portion of the development. Future units 4 and 5 will complete the development.