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NorthPoint asks Joliet to rezone land in southern Joliet

Plan Commission urged to OK land for industrial use

NorthPoint Properties has applied for industrial zoning on land in Joliet.

The 103-acre site is about 1.5 miles north of land NorthPoint has assembled outside Elwood, suggesting the developer may be piecing together a larger industrial park.

The proposed rezoning is on the Oct. 17 agenda for the Joliet Plan Commission.

NorthPoint faced intense community opposition in 2018 when it proposed the 2,000-acre Compass Business Park outside Elwood. The village turned down NorthPoint’s attempt to annex land to Elwood for the project.

Since then, speculation has persisted that NorthPoint would bring the project to Joliet.

The rezoning request before the commission is for 103 acres southwest of Breen and Ridge roads in Jackson Township.

NorthPoint plans warehouse and distribution development at the location, said Kendall Jackson, community development director for Joliet. He said he did not know if NorthPoint planned to expand the project.

“I’m not privy to any master plan that they may have,” Jackson said.

A NorthPoint spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The developer, after losing its bid to annex to Elwood, took a downsized proposal for a 670-acre industrial park outside the village to Will County.

NorthPoint has not pursued approval of the project.

“There’s still nothing going on,” Brian Radner, development review division director for the Will County Land Use Department, said Tuesday. “It’s still parked, and we haven’t heard from them.”

The last communication between the county and NorthPoint on the proposal was October, Radner said.

The proposed county project goes as far north as Brown Road. The southern edge of the Joliet site is at Spangler Road, about 1.5 miles away.

If NorthPoint could acquire property between the two sites and connect them, the developer could seek annexation for the combined parcels to Joliet.

Warehouse developers typically try to locate within municipalities, which can provide water and sewer services that they need.

Joliet and Elwood now have a boundary agreement that would limit Joliet’s ability to annex land farther south.

That agreement ends in December, and Elwood officials sought an extension of the agreement. But interim Joliet City Manager Steve Jones announced at the Sept. 17 City Council meeting that Joliet does not plan to extend it, saying that the city has started work on a comprehensive plan that could shape future boundary decisions.

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