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Joliet approves industrial plan for Route 6 and Houbolt Road

JOLIET – A third plan to develop an industrial site at Route 6 and Houbolt Road is moving ahead after getting Joliet City Council approval this week.

The Ketone Business Center will be developed in such a way to leave room for a future Des Plaines River bridge proposed for the same area.

The council approved plans designed to ensure development of the business park does not interfere with the bridge if it is built.

City Manager Jim Hock said a public easement on the site will create space for a future bridge.

“We’ve had discussions with [Illinois Department of Transportation],” Hock told the council. “It hasn’t been determined exactly where that bridge will be located.”

Ketone Acquisitions in Arlington Heights is developing the 260-acre site for warehouse and distribution space. The first project planned for the development is a 1.25 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution building.

Ketone also has plans for a barge-loading facility at the Des Plaines River.

The site includes 154 acres that will be available for bridge construction. City and Will County officials want to build a bridge that would provide a direct connection between the CenterPoint Intermodal Center and Interstate 80 at the Houbolt Road interchange.

The Ketone plan also includes a hiking and biking trail along Route 6 to connect forest preserve property with the I&M Canal trail.

The city has approved two previous development plans for the site in past years, but neither progressed. City officials said the site has been difficult to develop because of deep bedrock and the slope of the land to the Des Plaines River.

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