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Romeoville neighbors concerned about change in industrial plan

ROMEOVILLE – Plans for development in the Paragon Business Park off Taylor Street are changing after the Romeoville Village Board approved an amendment calling for fewer but larger buildings on the property.

The plans were approved Wednesday by trustees, but residents of the Nottingham Ridge subdivision to the east of the property said the changes will spread truck smoke into their yards and lead to other problems.

“This development is a continuing example that shows the amazing strength of the markets in Romeoville,” Mayor John Noak said. “Developments like this attract more employment, construction jobs and a much larger tax base for all the government bodies.”

The new plans include two options for development. One calls for two large buildings with trucking docks and trailer spaces lining the north side of the property. The second has three smaller buildings separated by docking and trailer spaces.

Nottingham Ridge resident Ken Williams and other neighbors said at Wednesday’s meeting that the first option negatively affects homes with backyards bordering the development’s property.

“I understand the need for the business is to keep our taxes down,” Williams said. “We didn’t want the trucks that will be passing there anywhere near the homes. And the way the one proposal is, semitrucks will be close to our backyard.”

Williams said residents agreed with a previous plan in 2006 for industrial development west of the neighborhood. But Noak said the new developer altered those plans because of changes in the marketplace.

The original industrial zoning for the property was approved in 2001, before approval of the nearby subdivision. The plans were changed in 2006 with new developers. Residents of the subdivision approved of the plan because a large building would separate the homes from truck traffic, noise and pollution.

Noak said the developers were asked by village staff to install additional screening, including landscaping, to diminish the impact any industrial activity would have on the residents.

Weber Road agreement

The Village Board also approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Crest Hill for improvements on Weber and Renwick roads. They were also presented with preliminary plans for a McDonalds next to the downtown district, and a four-story hotel to be built in the Windham Lakes Business Park.

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