QuikTrip lost a bid to put a truck stop at one location in Joliet and is now trying another.
The Oklahoma-based chain of fuel centers is a prospect for a proposed truck stop site on Hollywood and Mound roads.
The property owner is seeking an extension to a special use permit granted for the site in October after a previous operator withdrew from the plan, planning director Jim Torri told the Zoning Board of Appeals last week.
The special use permit expired after 180 days, but the landowner now has an agreement with QuikTrip, Torri said.
The zoning board has approved the permit extension, which will go to city council on May 17 for a final vote.
In October, the zoning board recommended approval of a special use permit for a QuikTrip truck stop on Route 53 and Laraway Road. But the city council rejected it in November.
At the time, Councilman Larry Hug said he was concerned about the traffic another truck stop would create at the intersection, which now has two truck stops and is a crossroads for two main roads for trucks.
There are no more truck stops along Hollywood Road, but three are planned, including the QuikTrip site. QuikTrip, however, is the only scheduled truck stop for the Mound Road intersection.
Two more are planned for Route 6 and Hollywood Road.
The Houbolt Road Bridge currently under construction over the Des Plaines River will land on Route 6 and Hollywood Road and provide a direct route for tractor-trailers between the CenterPoint Intermodal Center and Interstate 80. Hollywood Road becomes Houbolt Road at I-80.
There are no longer truck stops or gas stations along the route, although there are two gas stations on Houbolt Road across I-80.
The zoning board also on Thursday approved a special use permit and modifications for a Food N Fuel gas station, one of the planned truck stops for Route 6 and Hollywood Road.
Len McEnery, who has a Food N Fuel station at Rt. 53 and Laraway, wants to open a station on the northwest corner of the intersection. Its request for a special use permit and modifications will also be submitted to the city council for approval on May 17.