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More land along Route 53 proposed for warehouse zoning

Residents of Noelwood Estates put up this sign after a December city council decision to allow zoning for warehouses at the southwest corner of Route 59 and Breen Road.
Residents of Noelwood Estates put up this sign after a December city council decision to allow zoning for warehouses at the southwest corner of Route 59 and Breen Road.

JOLIET – Another corner of Route 53 and Breen Road is being proposed for potential warehouse development.

The Joliet Plan Commission on March 15 will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone 40 acres on the southeast corner for light industrial zoning.

The proposed rezoning follows a controversial decision in December to annex 138.5 acres on the southwest corner of the intersection with industrial zoning that would allow future warehouse development.

Dozens of residents from the area came to public hearings to show opposition to the annexation, but it was approved by both the plan commission and City Council.

Like the southwest corner, there is no specific proposal for the 40-acre site, said Kendall Jackson, director of community development for Joliet.

There’s no specific proposal for an actual development,” Jackson said. “They just want to do a rezoning.”

Owners of the 138.5-acre site did say they were interested in eventually developing the land for two million-square-foot warehouses. The light industrial zoning proposed for the southeast corner also would allow for warehouse development.

“This one is a little bit different,” Jackson said. “The front half already is zoned for commercial. The back half is residential.”

The site is now zoned for general business and single-family residential development. The proposal is to rezone the entire 40 acres for light industrial.

The 40-acre site does not abut any residential neighborhoods. There are homes along the border of the 138.5-acre site.

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