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“Unfortunately, we keep getting thrown into the argument,” he said.
At a Feb. 20 City Council meeting, O’Dekirk said city officials would need to become more outspoken about Joliet’s lack of involvement in the NorthPoint project because of continued rumors that the city was working on a separate deal with the developer.
NorthPoint wants to develop 2,200 acres that lie between Elwood and Manhattan for warehouse and logistics space.
Residents from both communities came to three nights of public hearings at which large numbers of people spoke against the plan before the Elwood Plan Commission gave it preliminary approval. The Elwood Village Board next would vote on the annexation plan, although no date for that vote has yet been set.
O’Dekirk also said Joliet would not agree to the plan being proposed in Elwood.
“The deal that is in place for Elwood Joliet would never do,” he said.
Elwood Mayor Doug Jenco and Manhattan Mayor Jamie Doyle could not be reached for comment.