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Batavia aldermen waiting for information on industrial park

Keep Batavia Neighborhoods opposes project

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 9:32 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia aldermen have decided they want more detailed plans from a developer about its plans for a proposed industrial park at Kirk Road and Wind Energy Pass before hearing again from the group Keep Batavia Neighborhoods, which is opposed to the project.

“I would like to know what it is going to look like,” 2nd Ward Alderman Alan Wolff said Wednesday, after Tuesday’s Joint Committee of the Whole meeting. “The petitioner hasn’t brought us a finalized plan. I have to look at this as what benefits the entire city.”

The group’s members, along with other residents, recently crowded the Batavia City Council chambers to show opposition to the project. Keep Batavia Neighborhoods had been invited back to talk to aldermen at the Aug. 19 Joint Committee of the Whole meeting.

But aldermen at Tuesday’s meeting decided they wanted to see more information from the developer before the proposal is discussed again. Members of Keep Batavia Neighborhoods voiced disappointment about the decision.

“KBN has researched and proven that many of the reasons that Batavia city staff used to justify the rezoning, which KBN has now found are absolutely not true; such as potential for increased electrical consumption for industrial usage, an enrollment burden imposed on Batavia schools for the students that the townhouses would necessitate, and that Batavians are not opposed to the industrial park,” Keep Batavia Neighborhoods member Joyce Keane wrote in a statement. “KBN has solid evidence that now verifies all of these factors are not even factors anymore.”

Plan commissioners in April voted, 4-3, to recommend amending the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning map to allow for an industrial park on land along Kirk Road originally proposed for town houses. 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 development originally proposed for the property included residential zoning on the eastern 36 acres, with 242 town houses proposed. The western 20 acres was to be zoned general commercial.

Skokie-based The Missner Group now proposes to build two large industrial buildings on the entire 56-acre property.

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