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Vote on Joliet warehouse project pushed back

The Joliet City Council is slated to revisit plans for an additional 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space on Jan. 15.

The project planned for Spencer and Cherry Hill roads was part of a busy council agenda Tuesday, when, among other things, a partial moratorium on video gambling machines was approved and a ban on electric fences was lifted.

But the warehouse vote was tabled at the request of developer Exeter Property Group because the company wanted more time to do “due diligence,” interim City Attorney Marty Shanahan said.

Two residents challenged the project, pointing to recent market studies showing vacancy rates increasing for industrial property in the Joliet area because of the number of large warehouses being built without occupants lined up.

Video gambling

The council approved a one-year moratorium on new video gambling licenses for liquor establishments east of Route 59 – with little resistance.

Loren Brooks, president of the Raven’s Athletic Club on Bluff Street told the council at its workshop meeting Monday that the moratorium could close the club, which planned to install video gambling machines to generate revenue.

Brooks was instructed to put in the Raven’s club application before the council meeting Tuesday since the moratorium would not apply to pending applications.

Electric fences and gun shops

The council lifted a longtime ban on electric fences, allowing them in areas zoned for industrial or intermodal business.

Electric Dog Company, which installs electric fences, had sought the removal of the ban along with FedEx, which wanted to install an electric fence around its distribution center.

The council also approved new zoning regulations and safety rules for gun shops that were sought after Casper Shooting opened this year and concerns were raised about its proximity to houses. Caspar Shooting will be grandfathered in so that it can remain at its Ruby Street location.

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