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Marathon station planned for former Sycamore Wendy’s

SYCAMORE – A company has plans to move its Sycamore Marathon gas station to the former Wendy’s location at 439 E. State St.

The Sycamore City Council approved a request Dec. 19 from Western Trail Outpost LLC for a special-use permit to operate a gas station within 660 feet of a residential area.

Western Trail Outpost is a sister company of Carls Oil Company, which operates the Corral Marathon Station at 503 E. State St.

Randy Carls, president of Carls Oil, told the council that if his company goes through with its plans for a new station, it would also close the old station, removing the tanks, dispensers and canopy to make way for a commercial development.

“The goal is to pull the tanks within a year after the new place opens,” Carls said. “We’re mandated to do that with [the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency] after we discontinue use.”

City Manager Brian Gregory said the 439 E. State St. property has been on the market since the Wendy’s restaurant was demolished after it was damaged in a January 2015 fire.

First Ward Alderman Alan Bauer said he thinks opening a gas station at the former Wendy’s location is a good idea, but he is concerned about what might go at the current Marathon location.

“With the job they’re doing here, I’m confident that what will go there will be as good or better, and we appreciate a good commercial business there as well,” Bauer said.

Carls said his company is working on a few ideas for potential uses of the property.

“We don’t want to see it go dark,” Carls said. “I’m pretty confident that you’ll see something there and functional.”

Gregory said the fueling stations would face east and west so that cars’ headlights would not face toward the homes on East State Street, and Carls plans to add shrubbery along the east and south sides of the property.

Dark sky lighting fixtures would also be used to minimize the light spilling into neighboring properties.

The company plans to design the new station and convenience store similarly to its station in Campton Hills called “The Outpost.”

Decor would include a 1941 international truck, a canopy with a shingled-roof look, and support poles painted to look like wood.

Antique gas station memorabilia, rough sawn lumber and brick accent material would be used inside the convenience store.

“We’ve worked in the community for a long time, and we look forward to many more years,” Carls said.

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