A Will County committee will reexamine a proposal for a self-service storage facility to be constructed on simply over 32 acres of vacant farmland after the village of Homer Glen and Homer Township objected to the plan.
Peter and Amy Katowicz, who personal an out of doors, self-service storage facility in Volo, wish to open a second Illinois location within the 15300 block of 159th Road, between Gougar and Cedar roads in Homer Township. The enterprise would supply conventional drive-up and temperature managed self storage and likewise areas to retailer boats and leisure autos.
The land is situated in Homer Township, however it’s on the border of Homer Glen and is within the village’s long-term plans. The Will County Board must change its zoning from agricultural to industrial for the storage facility to be constructed.
Melissa King, Homer Glen’s director of planning and zoning, stated the village objects each to the economic zoning and storage facility, which don’t match with the village’s imaginative and prescient for 159th Road. Village officers need the 159th Road hall to host top quality industrial and residential properties that present jobs and income for the city. The Homer Glen Village Board voted to file an objection to the plan final month.
King stated if the world is zoned industrial, it may have a snowball impact amongst different vacant properties, which may develop extra intense industrial makes use of. This might change the character of the land.
“That is in our planning boundaries,” King stated. “Now we have restricted space for financial progress and I believe that it’s essential for our village to guard the areas now we have left for top of the range financial growth.”
Each Will County Board members who symbolize Homer Glen object to the plan.
Minority Chief Mike Fricilone stated he lives inside strolling distance to the proposed storage facility.
“That is an inappropriate use of land on 159th,” Fricilone stated. “That highway has simply been improved by the state. It ought to be industrial. It shouldn’t be industrial. I’ll be voting towards this. I don’t care what modifications they make.”
Board member Steve Balich, who additionally serves because the Homer Township supervisor, stated different land close by might be zoned industrial if this challenge goes by. The Homer Township Board additionally objects to the proposal, Balich stated.
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“That complete hall might be screwed up,” Balich stated.
Balich stated it doesn’t matter how the challenge would look. The first challenge is the economic zoning, he stated.
“It doesn’t matter if it was made from gold,” he stated. “We don’t need it.”
Peter Katowicz stated he want to work with the county’s land use committee and work by a few of the objections. He stated the enterprise doesn’t need to be tied to the economic zoning and want to see if an answer might be reached.
He stated the enterprise can be a excessive finish storage facility that doesn’t generate quite a lot of visitors and can be utilized by the encompassing space.
“We’re not fascinated with creating drama within the neighborhood,” he stated. “We’d prefer to be good neighbors.”
Michelle Mullins is a contract reporter for the Each day Southtown.