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Batavia to review plans for industrial development near Kirk Road

BATAVIA – Aldermen today will review plans for an industrial development on land along Kirk Road originally proposed for town houses.

They will review the plans at a Joint Committee of the Whole meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

The 56-acre property, known as Prairie Commons, is on the east side of Kirk Road at Wind Energy Pass. City officials in 2005 annexed the property.

The original development included residential zoning on the eastern 36 acres, with 242 town homes proposed. The western 20 acres was to be zoned general commercial.

“Since the development was approved, only the city water tower and associated watermains have been constructed on this property,” Batavia Community Development Director Scott Buening said in a memo to aldermen. “No development of the property has occurred since that time, and it has been marketed for sale.”

Skokie-based The Missner Group now proposes to build two large industrial buildings on the entire 56-acre property, Buening said. One building would be on the eastern part of the property and would be 495,000 square feet, he said. The second building would be along Kirk Road and would be 300,000 square feet.

“The Kirk Road building could be used for either traditional industrial/warehousing uses, or could be used for other commercial uses such as sports or recreation facilities,” Buening said.

The development as proposed would require an amendment to the comprehensive plan, an amended annexation agreement and rezoning before The Missner Group could proceed further with the proposal, he said.

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