Protect Glen Ellyn President Clifford regains faith in the system after hard-fought legal battle
Megan Clifford is convinced that the will of the people prevailed after a DuPage County Circuit Court Judge recently ruled in favor of Glen Ellyn residents in their long-simmering battle with developers over a parcel of land lining an historic corner along Main Street.
“We are pleased with True North’s decision to move on and look forward to working with the village on an appropriate use for this site,” Clifford, president of Protect Glen Ellyn Inc., told DuPage Policy Journal. “Instead of a gas station, there are a variety of viable uses that will position the village as visionary and innovative while also protecting the health and safety of residents, especially kids.”
The two sides had been locked in an intense battle since 2017 over the land at Stacy Corners, with True North Energy LLC having plans for a 59,000-square-foot, 12-pump gas station and 4,200-square-foot convenience store after village officials had approved an ordinance granting a special-use permit.
In its suit, Protect Glen Ellyn named the Village of Glen Ellyn and Ohio-based True North as defendants. In a press release, Clifford took village officials to task for agreeing to the deal.
“This case called into question the decision-making and priorities of our elected leaders,” she said. “We are thrilled with the outcome of the case and hope it reminds our village leaders and staff to abide by their own zoning laws, make decisions based on facts, and listen to the residents they serve. In that regard, we look forward to working with the new board to find an appropriate use for this property.”
Held at the DuPage County Courthouse, the trial ran from Feb. 14 through Feb. 19.
“We thank the community for the outpouring of support and look forward to continued engagement for promoting responsible development,” Clifford said.