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Economic growth meets local resistance
For years, Will County has seen continued economic growth with new companies such as Amazon setting up shop.
It’s generally been good news, but one of the biggest economic stories of 2017 that looks as if it will continue into this year is how some locals are showing antipathy to the growth.
In everything from the plans for more warehouses in Romeoville to opposition to the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, there have been multiple projects that have deeply concerned residents. But no project looks to be in for a fight more than the Compass Business Park in Elwood and Manhattan.
NorthPoint Development’s proposed 2,000-plus-acre industrial park stirred a number of residents to organize a movement called “Just Say No to NorthPoint.” Toward the end of last year, hundreds attended a public hearing with another one coming up Thursday.
As Elwood and Manhattan local governments debate about how to respond to their residents, it looks like an issue that won’t go away in 2018.