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Manhattan drops lawsuit against Elwood over NorthPoint project

NorthPoint withdrew application with Elwood back in August after applying with Will County

Village of Manhattan withdrew its lawsuit against Elwood on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, over NorthPoint Development project.
Village of Manhattan withdrew its lawsuit against Elwood on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, over NorthPoint Development project.

The village of Manhattan voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit against the village of Elwood and NorthPoint Development on Wednesday.

The lawsuit filed March 8 asked the court to halt Elwood’s action on the project because of violations of a boundary agreement between the two villages, according to a letter from Manhattan Mayor James Doyle posted on the village’s Facebook page.

“The Village Board and I were confident with the legal positions taken on behalf of the village in our case,” Doyle said. “But our primary objective was to put the NorthPoint project back to Square 1 because we were omitted from the planning stage of the proposal, as our boundary agreement with Elwood mandates.”

Last week NorthPoint announced it withdrew its proposal with the village of Elwood since it had recently filed an application to construct Compass Business Park with Will County.

In January, the village of Elwood’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended NorthPoint begin the first part of construction – a warehouse, distribution and light manufacturing development. Elwood Village President Doug Jenco then canceled the Board of Trustees’ vote.

“Given these developments, continuing the case at this point would have been an unnecessary financial burden on the taxpayers and would have resulted in the same outcome as today,” Doyle said in the letter.

Doyle also said the village has the ability to refile the lawsuit if necessary, and it would continue to monitor and analyze the proposals for the development, as they affect Manhattan and its residents.

He then lauded the village’s growth in residents, citing 320 new homes being permitted since 2015. The village population is more than 7,000.

“Allow me to take this moment to celebrate our collective success together,” Doyle said. “Manhattan remains an excellent place to live.”

Public hearings will be held before the plan commission and County Board prior to the project being approved.

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