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Plainfield approves rezoning of land for Pace Park-n-Ride project

Plainfield officials commemorate the beginning of construction for a new Plainfield Park-n-Ride lot. Pictured are Village Administrator Brian Murphy (from left), Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar, Pace board Chairman Richard A. Kwasneski, Plainfield Mayor Michael P. Collins, state Rep. Mark Batinick, Trustee Margie Bonuchi, Trustee Cally Larson and Trustee Bill Lamb.
Plainfield officials commemorate the beginning of construction for a new Plainfield Park-n-Ride lot. Pictured are Village Administrator Brian Murphy (from left), Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar, Pace board Chairman Richard A. Kwasneski, Plainfield Mayor Michael P. Collins, state Rep. Mark Batinick, Trustee Margie Bonuchi, Trustee Cally Larson and Trustee Bill Lamb.

The Plainfield Village Board unanimously approved the rezoning of land designated for a new $5.8 million Pace Park-n-Ride project last week.

The lot will be located east of Van Dyke Road and South of 143rd Street, and it will have 600 parking spaces, village spokeswoman Amy Deboni said.

The village owns the 58-acre parcel of farmland that is there.

The land needs to be rezoned from R-1, for a low-density, single-family residence district, to I-1, for an office, research and light-industrial district.

Village officials participated in a groundbreaking earlier this month for the start of construction on the lot.

The lot is set to open next summer, with Pace reimbursing the village for construction and engineering costs.

An original Park-n-Ride opened in 2009 in the Plainfield Village Hall parking lot.

In a news release about the groundbreaking, the village said since the launch of the Bus on Shoulder program in 2011, ridership has grown dramatically – by almost 600 percent – as has the need for more parking for commuters.

Parking in the new lot will be free.

The one-way trip fare for Pace’s Express Service is $4.

For information, visit PaceBus.com.

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