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NorthPoint opponents will hold town meeting Feb. 10

Sign like this one have appeared in the area showing residents' opposition to NotrhPoint's plans for the Compass Business Park.
Sign like this one have appeared in the area showing residents' opposition to NotrhPoint's plans for the Compass Business Park.

Just Say No to NorthPoint will host a town meeting on the project Feb. 10.

Activists are inviting residents from those towns directly affected – Joliet, Elwood and Manhattan – as well as surrounding villages and unincorporated areas to the meeting.

The meeting is at Wilson Creek Elementary School, 25440 S. Gougar Road, Manhattan.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a presentation from Just Say No to NorthPoint activists beginning at 7 p.m.

Public officials also will be invited to the meeting along with the general public.

"But this is an opportunity for the No to NorthPoint group to give a bigger picture of what's going on," said Erin Gallagher, community liaison for the group.

Say No to NorthPoint is encouraging people to oppose the project.

NorthPoint this month applied to Joliet for annexation of 1,300 acres as it revives its plan for the Compass Business Park. The project, which ultimately could be 2,300 acres, was rejected in Elwood in 2018.

The Joliet proposal is scheduled to go to the city's Plan Commission for consideration on Feb. 20. Depending on what happens there, the plan could go to the City Council for a final vote at its March 17 meeting.

"Words like, 'It's a done deal,' and, 'It's coming anyway,' are mere scare tactics NorthPoint uses to pit communities against each other to force council members to vote in favor," Delilah LeGrett, founder of Just Say No to NorthPoint, said in a news release announcing the meeting. "Since most of the land in the warehousing footprint has not actually sold, but remains in contract on the condition of rezoning, is proof positive that even NorthPoint doesn't believe it's a 'done deal.'"

The developer also has approached Manhattan village officials to discuss the possible annexation of 700 acres that would be part of the business park.

Opponents have objected to the growing distribution industry in the area and the numbers of trucks on local roads.

Building trades unions have backed NorthPoint's plans, pointing to the numbers of jobs it would bring.

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