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3/26/2013 9:59:00 PM
Annexation, zoning changes finalized
Ann Gill
Editor

The village of Coal City approved an annexation agreement, amended another and rezoned properties on the north and south ends of the town for industrial use.

At its meeting on Monday, the board finalized the annexation of 860 E. North St., a residential property that was recently acquired by Chicago Aerosol. The manufacturer purchased the vacant home that is bordered on three sides by company property.

Village officials say the home will be taken down as part of a fire training exercise. The property, for now, will remain vacant, as company officials have said there are no plans for expansion at this time.

The land, at the request of the company, was rezoned from single family residential to industrial.

Trustees also finalized an amended annexation agreement with Reed & Broadway, LLC. regarding the annexation of property located west of South Broadway and North of Reed Road.

The matter was the subject of a public hearing prior to the start of Monday's regular meeting. At that time Frank Cortina addressed the board on behalf of the land owners saying the requested amendment and subsequent rezoning would allow the land to be used for industrial purposes.

Town officials annexed the land into the village in 2005 and established zoning on a percentage basis that included residential and commercial sites.

Plans for the land have since changed and the developer had requested an amendment to the original agreement in order to rezone approximately 189 acres for industrial use. A 1,030 x 400 foot lot on the northwest corner of Reed Road and Broadway be designated for commercial purposes.

Village officials agreed late last year to rezone the land south of Reed Road and west of South Broadway to industrial. The rezoning was necessary for the landowners to move forward with plans for a rail accessed distribution facility in that location.

Resident Ken Mack was the only one to comment at the hearing and spoke to the use of the land for residential development as outlined in the comprehensive plan, as well as asking Cortina if there were any businesses locked into the land.

Cortina said there are no businesses set for the site, but said the change is necessary in order to attract industrial firms.

"We're hoping to attract development," Cortina said.

Trustees unanimously approved, with Dave Togliatti and Terry Halliday absent, both annexation and rezoning requests.

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