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North Aurora approves proposed industrial building

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – A new industrial development will be coming to the village.

North Aurora village trustees recently approved plans for a 604,565-square-foot industrial building to be built on 32 acres along Orchard Gateway Boulevard, west of Randall Road. The building would be located near a shopping center.

“That’s a real plus for us,” North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said. “We have to compete with Aurora and Batavia for that type of business.”

Opus Development Company LLC is a subsidiary of The Opus Group, a family of commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis.

Plans are for the building to be completed in summer 2014.

Opus has agreed to provide a berm along Orchard Gateway to further screen the truck parking from the view from the street as requested by North Aurora plan commissioners.

Plan commissioners had two main concerns related to the project’s site plan – a desire for additional landscape screening/buffering and the lack of architectural evaluations so they could see what the building would look like once constructed.

Plan commissioners had rejected the site plan. The North Aurora Plan Commission is a recommending body to the Village Board.

“Although the plan commission was generally supportive of the site plan, they were not comfortable approving the site plan until architectural renderings are provided by the petitioner [Opus] for their review,” said planning consultant Pete Iosue of Teska Associates Inc. in a memo to village officials.

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