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Developers release updated renderings for Elwood industrial park proposal

Open house now 2 to 7 p.m. June 27

ELWOOD – A public open house regarding the proposed Compass Business Park east of Route 53 and Ira Morgan Street is now scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at Elwood Village Hall.

The original time was 3 to 7 p.m.

Copies of the proposed master plan for the park were published Monday and Tuesday by The Herald-News. The plans, provided by the village of Elwood and an Elwood resident, are no longer accurate, according to a representative for NorthPoint Development.

The first two plans included land the company did not buy.

Nevertheless, Elwood residents have expressed concern about the project as the village of less than 3,000 has been impacted by truck traffic from CenterPoint, the largest inland port in the country.

Scott Burnham, a spokesman for Compass Business Park, said the key component of this business park plan is that it captures truck traffic via a “closed loop,” keeping truck traffic off Route 53 and residential streets.

A decorative bridge over Route 53 would move trucks in and out of the business park on the east side of Route 53 over to Walter Strawn Drive on the west side of Route 53 and then toward Interstate 55. Trucks would still not be able to enter or exit Walter Strawn Drive from Route 53, Burnham said.

Walter Strawn Drive was closed off in January 2015 due to safety concerns.

Elwood resident Heinz Sewing, who lives on Chicago Road, said Tuesday he’s not keen on more warehouses and is concerned how he would get onto Route 53.

NorthPoint, Burnham said, lives by the motto “Beyond the Contract,” which represents its commitments beyond the dotted line and puts people first.

“We look forward to getting to know the community, sharing our initial plans and listening to community feedback,” Burnham said. “Our goal is to come up with a responsible solution that will capture the demand for economic growth and in a way that benefits the community and contains truck traffic and keeps it off local roads.”

The private firm is based in Kansas City and is active in 11 states, including: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Florida. Learn more about NorthPoint Development at www.beyondthecontract.com.

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